Art Installation at Kuwait Book Fair Protesting Censorship Removed

According to AFP, Saad al-Anzi, who heads the fair, said the information ministry had banned 948 books from among those screened for the fair.

‘Literary Massacre in Kuwait’: The State of Book Banning

"In the past five years alone, 4390 book titles have been banned by the Ministry, ranging from works by local authors to other Arab writers such as Abdulrahman Munif, Ghassan Kanafani, Mourid Barghouti, and Ali Al Wardi, as well as translated works, such as Dante’s Divine Comedy, Gaarder’s Sophie’s World, Zorba the Greek and the latest victim being Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude."

Leading Kuwaiti Writers Saud Alsanousi and Bothayna al-Essa on Pushing Back Against a Season of Censorship

"There was a time when we'd hoped that the state might sponsor and encourage young writers, because there are quite a number of young people at work writing novels. But today I'm not asking for any support from the state; all we ask is that they leave us in peace, and that we write without interference or guidance or censorship."