A Map Of Forbidden Books Around The World

A Map Of Forbidden Books Around The World

In this infographic, we share a map of forbidden books around the world.


“A book is a loaded gun,” Ray Bradbury famously wrote in Fahrenheit 451. Unfortunately, plenty of governments would tend to agree.

In 2019, scores of well known and classic books remain banned by governments around the world.

From The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (Iran) to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (USA) to The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushie (too many countries to name), classic books are being restricted and suppressed.

At the end of September every year, the American Library Association and Amnesty International partner together to host Banned Books Week. They highlight previously and currently challenged books across the United States.

In the spirit that adults should be free to read what they want, Global English Editing have compiled this great map showcasing classic books banned around the world.

Check out this blog if you want to read a summary of each book, and an explanation of why each one has been banned.

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by Isabel Cabrera, Communications Manager, The Expert Editor

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Posted on: 22nd September 2019