for writers and readers….
When the Viennese government compiled a Catalogue of Forbidden Books in 1765, so many Austrians used it as a reading guide that the Hapsburg censors were forced to include the Catalogue itself as a forbidden book
Craig Nelson in Thomas Paine: Enlightenment, Revolution, and the Birth of Modern Nations
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Oh, that’s priceless!
Banning books is always a bad idea, no matter how terrible they are. I’ve always said that one should read once things like Mein Kampf, 1984, and the like, just once, as an awful warning.
People who burn books often become people who burn people.
Glad you like it.
But I’ve never come across Mein Kampf and 1984 in the same sentence like that…1984 should be read often. Ditto all of Orwell’s writing.
I confess to only skimming an English translation of Mein Kampf which was in the library – it was scary reading, not least because of how badly it was written. Orwell’s work is powerful and terrible.