International Banned Book Pick: One Day of Life by Manlio Argueta

One Day of Life (Spanish: Un Dia en la Vida) is a novel by Salvadoran author Manlio Argueta. The novel is set in Chalatenango, El Salvador and follows the daily life of Guadalupe Guardado and the women of her family just prior to the Salvadoran Civil War. The book was banned by the government of … Continue reading International Banned Book Pick: One Day of Life by Manlio Argueta

International Banned Book: The Little Black Fish by Samad Behrangi

Summary: Little Black Fish may be small, but he has big questions and a determination to find answers to them. While his fellow fish are too scared to do anything different from their set routine, Little Black Fish swims over the edge of the pool, into the stream and river which will show him much … Continue reading International Banned Book: The Little Black Fish by Samad Behrangi

International Banned Book Pick: Love and Garbage by Ivan Klíma

Banned from publication in his home country of Czechoslovakia, Ivan Klíma's powerful 1986 novel Love and Garbage could not be published until after the Velvet Revolution of 1989. It went on to sell over 100,000 copies in the thaw that followed the end of the Cold War. Summary: The narrator of Ivan Klima's novel has temporarily abandoned his … Continue reading International Banned Book Pick: Love and Garbage by Ivan Klíma

International Banned Book Pick: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

A New York Times Notable Book A Time Magazine “Best Comix of the Year” A San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times Best-seller Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s graphic memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life … Continue reading International Banned Book Pick: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

International Banned Book Pick: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

In this launch of our new column on international challenged books, we are focusing on a world-renowned book that many readers never think of as a translation: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. Although you may be fully aware that Anne Frank was Dutch, have you ever given any thought to the translator behind … Continue reading International Banned Book Pick: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank