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Danish publisher wants controversial U.S. novel

Earlier this month, Random House U.S. decided to pull Sherry Jones’s novel The Jewel of Medina, for fear its content (about the child bride of the prophet Mohammed) would “incite acts of violence by a small, radical segment.”

Today, the Guardian reports that Danish publisher Trykkefrihedsselskabets Library (Free Speech Library) is negotiating with Jones’s agent, Natasha Kern, to publish the novel in Denmark.

[Free Speech Library] co-owner Helle Merete Brix said that the fact that Random House was prepared to pay $100,000 for the book showed its quality, and that she was determined not to “bow to any censorship.”

Brix expects the negotiations to conclude on Friday. This Quillblogger expects Brix will hand over a lot of Danish kroner.


August 26th, 2008

12:56 pm

Category: Book news

Tagged with: agents, angry mobs, censorship