Friday, March 13, 2009
Azeri Police 'Ban' Gay Novel
A gay love story between an Azeri and an Armenian, set against the backdrop of the Nagorno-Karabakh war between the two nations in the 1990s, was always going to be controversial - not only because Azerbaijan and Armenia remain sworn enemies, but also because they are both distinctly homophobic societies. Now it's been reported that the recently-published Azeri-language novel, Artush and Zaur, is no longer available in the country's capital, Baku, after police raided the only bookshop which dared to sell it. More info from Reuters here.