The ‘Kuwait Book Fair’: 230 Books Banned!

A ‘Kuwait Book Fair’ is on the horizon. If you are into cheap Arabic paperbacks, social science books, academic journals by 3rd rate Arab institutions and language how-to-guides, held together by make-shift plywood counters and shelves, you are gonna love it. If you are searching for SKINNY BITCH, Khaled Hosseini’s THE KITE RUNNER, John Grisham’s PLAYING FOR PIZZA and other New York Times best-sellers, I suggest you look elsewhere. Like Borders and Virgin in Dubai or the new Borders in Muscat.


Last Year’s Book Fair In Mishrif

The Kuwait definition of irony is….Kuwait Book Fair Next Week and 230 Books Banned.

7 thoughts on “The ‘Kuwait Book Fair’: 230 Books Banned!

  1. oh we became nazi now ?
    if you look hard you can find some great books in kuwait book fair , its not borders USA for sure , but its not all crap

  2. forzaq8 said:
    “oh we became nazi now ?”
    Of course not. Far from it.
    “if you look hard you can find some great books in kuwait book fair”
    Yeah, last year at the fair I found “Mein Kampf” and “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion”, both in Arabic. It can’t get better than that!

  3. Saw that 230 books banned in the Kuwait Times today. That’s a sizable number. So who gets to say what is banned and what is not? What is their criteria? Or do we know?
    LLOOOOLLLLL at your irony.

  4. I wonder if they look at the cover to ban the books! Really sad, and I bet you can order it through amazon to get it!
    They should just dissolve the ministry of information, they are useless!

  5. “The fact is that censorship always defeats its own purpose, for it creates, in the end, the kind of society that is incapable of exercising real discretion.”
    ~Henry Steele Commager

  6. this is a late comment, but the ministry barged into my old high school several times and banned certain books, locking up up to SIXTY at a time in this metal closet! and our book supply was embarrassingly small to begin with! (not like anyone reads… pfft!)

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