I Live (1958)

Layla Baalbaki’s first highly acclaimed novel, Ana Ahya (I am Alive), was published in 1958, and a volume of her short stories, Safinat hanan ila al-qaamar (A Spaceship of Tenderness to the Moon), came out in 1963. The stories landed her in court on charges of obscenity and harming public morality. Although she was eventually acquitted, she stopped publishing works of fiction after 1964, and has since written mostly articles for newspapers.

Censorship Information

Date Released 1958
Date Censored 1958
Censoring Reason Immoral
Action Taken Taken to court