Could a Literary Obscenity Trial Happen Today?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at the career of Norwegian novelist Agnar Mykle who was felled in the 1950s by a notorious obscenity trial. By today’s standards, Mykle’s books — while still depicting sex — are mild. Today, there are writers who cater to every sexual fetish, disposition, perversion and interest — and, of course, genuine pornography is …

Obscene Act: The Tragic Fall of Norway’s Agnar Mykle

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

By Lewis Manalo •The latest in our series, “The Best Authors You (May) Have Never Heard Of,” focuses on Norwegian novelist Agnar Mykle, whose career was ruined by a famous obscenity trial in the 1950s. •In the early 1960’s English editions of Mykle’s The Song of the Red Ruby sold an astounding one million copies. Norwegian novelist Agnar Mykle wrote …

The Internet is Africa’s “Gutenberg Moment”

In Growth Markets by Tolu Ogunlesi

By Tolu Ogunlesi “There are lively publishing enterprises in different areas of Africa that are not formalized in the European sense. But they exist, they are not cataloged, [they] don’t have ISBN numbers… there’s no systemic way of tracking and engaging these enterprises…” said Muhtar Bakare, founder of Kachifo Limited, an independent literary publishing house in Lagos, Nigeria, during a …