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article imageRussian orthodox priest seeks ban on Nabokov and Márquez

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By Ernest Dempsey     Oct 1, 2011 in Arts
Moscow - A senior Russian priest has asked for banning the novels of Vladimir Nabokov and Gabriel García Márquez from including in the high school curricula.
Father Vsevolod Chaplin of the Russian Orthodox Church is demanding the ban on the novels of the two acclaimed classic literary fiction authors because in his opinion, these authors have tried "justifying pedophilia" in their works. Commenting on the authors in question, Father Chaplin specifically named Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov and One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, accusing both of "justifying pedophilia". He reasons that including such works in high schools in Russia because doing so will make perverted passions romantic and rob the society of moral happiness.
Russia Today reports that Father Chaplin’s demand has shocked the country’s intellectuals and they have rejected it as stupid and dangerous. Writer Leonid Zorin was quoted saying that the Russian Orthodox Church need not assess Nabokov and Márquez and that it is absurd to censor literature. Writer Boris Akinin commented that the Russian Orthodox Church should remember such attempts of censoring Lolita and other books made throughout the 20th century and all ending in the realization of the church to stay out of secular and literary affairs.
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