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Worldwide famous book on trial

ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News | 5/26/2011 12:00:00 AM |

The Istanbul Prosecutor’s Office has opened an investigation into a book called 'Snuff' written by Chuck Palahniuk, the author of 'Fight Club.'

The Istanbul Prosecutor’s Office has opened an investigation into a book called “Snuff” written by Chuck Palahniuk, who is also the author of worldwide prominent book called “Fight Club.” It was translated and published by Ayrıntı Publishing House in February.

Istanbul Press Prosecution sent a notice which includes a report from the Council for Protecting Minors from Explicit Publications to Ayrıntı Publishing. In the notice, the novel is accused of “abusing sexual instincts” and “incompliance with moral norms.”

Ayrıntı Publishing issued a press release that included parts of their testimony, which was given by both the translator of the book and Hasan Basri Çıplak, the director of the publishing house.

The story tells of people making a documentary about a woman who wants to break “the world record for serial fornication,” by having sex with 600 men.

Editor Abdullah Yılmaz at the publishing house told the Hürriyet Daily News that the book is at risk of being confiscated, but it is too early to say anything yet because the investigation has not finished.

“Increasing censorship shows there is a deeper problem on sexual issues more than it seems on the surface,” Yılmaz said.

According to Yılmaz, the problem could not be solved through constitutional amendments or making a new constitution but to create a mass reconciliation.

“Sexuality is a matter that is related to any kind of social structures, including culture and religion,” said Yılmaz, adding that even violence against women occurred because of sexual problems.

Yılmaz also said calling on the translator for testimony was ridiculous.  

“Moreover, the book is criticizing the porn sector, and the pathetic lives of the men who attended to the documentary,”

Hasan Basri Çıplak in his testimony said that Palahniuk is one of the most important contemporary authors and contrary to the accusations the book is a criticism of the objectification of the female body.

While defending the book, Çıplak said it was a piece of literature that had been translated into many languages including German, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

“The second edition of the book has already taken its place on the shelves regarding the big interest,” the director said.

Ayrıntı Publishing House has published many books by Palahniuk including Fight Club, Choke, Invisible Monsters, Lullaby, and Fugitives and Refugees. The house previously has been tried regarding the book named “Choke” with the same accusations, however, the publishing house was acquitted.

Another investigation was launched into William Burrough’s “The Soft Machine” in April. The Prime Ministry’s Council for Protecting Minors from Explicit Publications accused the novel of “incompliance with moral norms” and “hurting people’s moral feelings.”



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