August 30, 2006

Kurdish Version of Pippi Longstocking Confiscated in Turkey...

According to the Swedish news agency TT, some 1,000 copies of the children's book Pippi Longstocking were recently confiscated by Turkish authorities at Istanbul's airport.

The book had been translated into Kurdish by a Swedish-based charitable organization and was destined to a number of libraries in eastern Turkey. Authorities in Istanbul claimed that the book shipment lacked "proper import documentation". The books remain in limbo after being pulled off the baggage conveyor belt.

The Pippi Longstocking books about the freckled-faced girl have been translated into 85 languages and published in more than 100 countries.


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