Normally, the people of a country disapprove of messages undermining or questioning its authority and ideology. Books that hail from a country that represents that country as dystopia are quick to be challenged. Some authors who delve into such themes are often scrutinized, slandered, recipients of death threats, or in some cases exiled.
Here are some books we have in our collection that have been banned or challenged because the authors have described their own countries as an undesirable place to live due to the people in power.
The First Circle, Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr Isaevich DB022877
The story of a relatively comfortable Soviet prison camp that serves as a research center staffed by captive intellectuals. The camp parallels the first circle of Dante’s Inferno, the imaginary dwelling of the pre-Christian philosophers. When they are commanded to carry out a project, the prisoners must choose between integrity and comfort. Some strong language.
The Autobiography of Malcom X, X, Malcolm DB065510
The life of African American religious leader Malcolm X (1925-1965). The author describes his boyhood in Lansing, Michigan, street life in Harlem, conversion to the Black Muslim movement while imprisoned for robbery, and evolution into a high-profile spokesman for black dignity, power, and separatism.
Nineteen Eighty-Four, Orwell, George DB034268
Satire about an alternate London under a totalitarian regime overseen by the omnipresent Big Brother. Winston Smith, a Ministry of Truth bureaucrat, attempts an intellectual rebellion against the Party while he pursues an illicit romance. His actions lead to his imprisonment, torture, and reeducation by the Thought Police.