Russian Orthodox Church slams 2 acclaimed Authors

by OCP on September 28, 2011

in News

Associated Press
28/9/2011

MOSCOW — A senior Russian Orthodox Church official says the government should investigate books by Vladimir Nabokov and Gabriel Garcia Marquez to determine whether they “justify pedophilia” and should be banned.

Vsevolod Chaplin, who heads the Moscow Patriarchate’s department in charge of relations with society, discussed Nabokov, whose novels include “Lolita,” and Garcia Marquez, the author of books such as “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” on Ekho Moskvy radio Wednesday.

Vsevolod Chaplin, who heads the Moscow Patriarchate’s department in charge of relations with society, discussed Nabokov, whose novels include “Lolita,” and Garcia Marquez, the author of books such as “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” on Ekho Moskvy radio Wednesday.

The priest later elaborated in comments carried by Interfax, saying the authors’ works “romanticize perverted passions” and hurt the “society’s moral health.”

Mikhail Shvydkoi, a Kremlin envoy for international cultural cooperation, disagreed, saying such action by authorities would badly hurt Russia’s image.

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