The Banned Books List From Around The World


The justification of censorship tends to change over the years, there have always been groups and governments that try to censor what we read. This is how the banned books list was born.

Today, books such as Animal Farm (United Arab Emirates), The Satanic Verses are banned in certain countries around the world.

To help shine a light on book censorship Global English Editing has created a map showing 50 countries with books currently banned.

As this map shows, the freedom for people to read whatever they want is still an ongoing fight around the world.

Read the full article for a brief description of each book and why it’s considered too dangerous to read.

the banned books list from around the world in 2019

Banned Books in North America

  • The USA: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Sherman Alexie)
  • Canada: Noir Canada (Alain Deneault)
  • El Salvador: One Day of Life (Manlio Argueta)
  • Cuba: The German Girl (Armando Lucas Correa)

Banned Books in South America

  • Brazil: Roberto Carlos em Detalhes (Paulo César de Araújo)
  • Chile: The House of the Spirits (Isabel Allende)
  • Argentina: Lolita (Vladimir Nabokov)

Banned Books in Europe

  • Italy: Little Blue and Little Yellow (Leo Leonni)
  • Ireland: The Dark (John McGahern)
  • Austria: Mein Kampf (Adolf Hitler)
  • Spain: Farina (Nacho Carretero)
  • Ukraine: The History of the Russian State (Boris Akunin)
  • Bosnia: The Mountain Wreath (Petar II Petrovic Njegos)
  • Papua New Guinea: The Satanic Verses (Salman Rushdie)

Banned Books in Asia

  • Russia: Apocolypse Culture (Adam Parfrey)
  • China: No Enemies, No Hatred (Liu Xiaobo)
  • Hong Kong: Killing Commendatore (Haruki Murakami)
  • Japan: Little Black Sambo (Helen Bannerman)
  • United Arab Emirates: Animal Farm (George Orwell)
  • Indonesia: Five Cities that Ruled the World (Douglas Wilson)
  • Bangladesh: Rangila Rasul (Pandit Chamupati M.A)
  • India: Such a Long Journey (Rohinton Mistry)
  • Iran: The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
  • Israel: All the Rivers (Dorit Rabinyan)
  • Jordan: The Joke in the Arab World (Khaled Qashtin)
  • Kuwait: The Satanic Verses (Salman Rushdie)
  • Lebanon: Schindler’s Ark (Thomas Keneally)
  • Malaysia: Fifty Shades of Grey (E.L James)
  • Maldives: The Bible
  • Myanmar: Better to Sand and Die (Chang-Lin and Shu Yang)
  • North Korea: The Quran
  • South Korea: Bad Samaritans (Ha-Joon Chang)
  • Sri Lanka: The Satanic Verses (Salman Rushdie)
  • Pakistan: Jinnah of Pakistan (Stanley Wolpert)
  • Qatar: The Boys (Garth Ennis)
  • Saudi Arabia: Queen of Sheba and Biblical Scholarship (Bernard Leeman)
  • Thailand: The Devil’s Discus (Rayne Kruger)

Banned Books in Africa:

  • Egypt: Feast for the Seaweeds (Haidar Haidar)
  • Eritrea: My Father’s Daughter (Hannah Pool)
  • Kenya: The Satanic Verses (Salman Rushdie)
  • Liberia: The Satanic Verses (Salman Rushdie)
  • Senegal: The Satanic Verses (Salman Rushdie)
  • Indonesia: Five Cities that Ruled the World (Douglas Wilson)
  • Libya: The Bible (in Arabic)
  • Nigeria: Half of a Yellow Sun (Chimamanda Adichie)
  • Tanzania: The Satanic Verses (Salman Rushdie)

Banned Books in Australia:

  • Australia: American Psycho (Bret Easton Ellis)
  • New Zealand: Into the River (Ted Dawe)

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Natasha Hays
Natasha Hays
4 years ago

I want to unsubscribe. It’s a great site but I’m not really using it.

G. Pike
G. Pike
2 years ago

The Canadian ‘banned book’ is not banned by the government but by the courts after the mining companies named in the book took the author to court and he lost forcing book stores to take it off the shelf. Much different than the government banning the book. Tks.