10. Lolita (1955 – Vladimir Nabokov):
This masterwork is a tragical love story which concludes that man’s activities are always guided by sexual desires. This tragical love story of a middle aged man and a girl of 12 years was totally unacceptable by society.
9. Satanic Verses (1988 – Salman Rushdie):
Story of making an alternate of Prophet Mohammad, a disputed tract between fiction and fact. This work of Rushdie was regarded as one of the rarest and strangest events in history by Muslims. A fatwa was issued against this hero of free expressions.
8. Lajja (1993 – Taslima Nasreen):
Torture and pain of being a woman as well as inhumanity of religious extremism. It is a fable of atrocities on Bangladeshi Hindus after the demolition of Babri Masjid in India. After whacking the fundamentalism, Taslima became the new critic of Islam.
7. Mein Kampf (1925 – Adolf Hitler):
Controversial script by one of the most controversial person of history. This self – told story of Hitler’s life narrates that Jews were responsible for many world problems.
6. The Communist Manifesto (1848 – Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx):
This revolutionary statement of ideology provides a framework for the downfall of capitalism and for the establishment of a classless society. It favors an inflammatory step towards revolution, caused by issues of class and economic struggle.
5. The Naked Lunch (1959 – William S. Burroughs):
Containing everything from obscenity to cannibalism, this book is considered in America’s literature as one of the landmark publications. Favorite of censors since its publication.
4. Fanny Hill (1748 – John Cleland):
This erotic story of a girl who later falls in prostitution is totally a thought provoking stuff. This book was banned for passages that were considered “sexually offensive”, as well as primary references for sexual liberation.
3. The Catcher in the Rye (1951 – J.D. Salinger):
Alcohol abuse, prostitution, blasphemy, undermining of family values and moral codes, offensive language, premarital sex. Well, I think these are sufficient reasons for banning this classic novel.
2. To kill A Mockingbird (1960 – Harper Lee):
Racism, discrimination and exploration of social class. Certain people were offended and outraged by the racial profanities included in this book. They also thought that the mentions of rape were inappropriate and unnecessary.
1. Candide (1759 – Voltaire):
A lady of honor may be raped once, but it strengthens her virtue. This book was condemned for criticizing intolerance of religion.