Picnic on a Literary Battlefield
I came across this article today and thought censored Soviet Sci-Fi (say that five times fast) might interest my fellow readers of banned books. The article reviews a new translation of Arkady and Boris Strugatsky’s Roadside Picnic (aka Stalker) and talks about the eight year process of getting the book published without it being butchered by the censors.
What’s most interesting of all, the book has an anti-Capitalist message, so it wasn’t just a case of a Communist government suppressing other ideologies. Instead, it’s the all-too-familiar and all-too-American war cry to keep dark and upsetting things away from innocent young readers.