Did Thirteen (Volume One) really become prohibited reading in noble Italia?
I didn't hear the name of the collection mentioned once in those press conference snippets. They could have been discussing any horror book - like Berlusconi's accountant records; or his little, black book of dates.
Being cursed (or blessed) with an instinct which wants to find the source of everything, I set out in pursuit of this story.
The original footage came from the publishers of Thirteen itself. Well they would be the first people to know if their publication had been banned! But it would also be a marketing boon for them. Was this a case of clever editing? Or a real life capturing of an unbelievable decision on the part of a world leader?
It wouldn't be the first time that censorship has been an issue in Italy, but usually that involves the news or visual media, like movies and television shows. Never a book. That has scary precedents beyond any content.
Yet I couldn't find a single other news report, in English, about this. And I did note that, if Thirteen is banned in Italy, then Amazon haven't taken a blind bit of notice!
Update! Fellow Wizzley author Sam has done some digging. She's a clever lady with many more languages than I have, and she watched the video with the same reservations. Then she went hunting.
It seems that the press conference shown in the Thirteen video actually came from something entirely different.
On March 12th 2010, there was an electoral furor erupting around Berlusconi's political party. One of his officials had failed to register the candidates for the next election; so his leader was trying to change Italian law in order to enter his people in the ballot.
The footage is from a press conference pertaining to that, with sub-titles making it look like it's about Thirteen. In the meantime, Sam found, as I had, absolutely no evidence that the book has been banned in Italy.
Nice work, Sam, and thank you so much for confirming our suspicions and tracking down the source. Though I have to admit that the marketing here, on the part of Thirteen's publishers, was absolutely genius!