Writer’s Critical Novel Banned from Sale

September 29th, 2016

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According to writer Zumrud Yagmur, the sale of her novel, Country Name: 22 has been prohibited.

The writer says one of her readers could not find a copy to buy in any of the bookshops which had been selling the book from the beginning.

“The distributor of the book found out about the prohibition of the novel when he visited Kitabevimaz bookshop to deliver new copies. The reason provided by an official representative of the Kitabevimaz is that the novel has political connotations and it is anti-government. But I want to note that out of 500 printed copies of the book I have only 50 copies left which will reach my readers in one way or other,” the writer said.

Note that the writer severely criticised the authorities during the National Council’s anti-referendum rally of 17 September 2016. Zumrud Yagmur is the wife of Fuad Gahramanli, deputy chairman of the opposition Azerbaijan Popular Front Party (APFP), arrested on politically motivated charged on 8 December 2015.