Friday, November 16, 2007

In Praise of Sloppy Censors

An object lesson that the power of the censor can still be broken through incompetence and sheer dumb luck:

The latest novel by Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been banned in Iran - but only after censors noticed its title had been sanitised.

The book, Memories of My Melancholy Whores, was published in Farsi as Memories of My Melancholy Sweethearts.

The first edition of 5,000 had sold out before the authorities realised.
Whoops. Justice was Monty Python swift:
Iran's culture ministry said a "bureaucratic error" had led to permission being granted for the book's publication, the Fars news agency reported. The official responsible had been sacked, Fars said.
Wonder if they fed him to a moose?

2 comments:

Rebecca Burch said...

*dies laughing*

jedijawa said...

Probably literally put them in sacks and fed them to the camels.