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In 2014, the Kuwaiti press hailed Gabriel Garcia Marquez as a literary "giant".More than 4,000 books have been blacklisted by Kuwait's Information Ministry over the past five years, according to local media reports, including Marquez's "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame".Dozens of writers and activists have taken to the streets – on Sept. 1 and again two weeks later – to protest ahead of Kuwait's annual book fair in mid-November.Kuwaiti novelist Mays al-Othman is among the blacklisted writers, following the 2015 publication of her novel "The Wart," the story of a woman raped during the 1990-1991 Iraqi occupation of the emirate.While no one has yet been prosecuted for selling banned books, according to Ramidhi, activists are turning to social media to combat what one termed the "ridiculous" increase in the banning of books.
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