What is the European literary heritage?

In the case of Akdas v. Turkey the Court was called upon to decide on a seizure of a novel. But it turns out, this is not just a novel, it is something more.

The applicant published a Turkish translation of the erotic novel “Les onze mille verges” by the French writer Guillaume Apollinaire, which contains graphic descriptions of scenes of sexual intercourse, with various practices such as sadomasochism or vampirism.

The applicant was convicted under the Criminal Code for publishing obscene or immoral material liable to arouse and exploit sexual desire among the population. The seizure and destruction of all copies of the book was ordered and the applicant was given a “heavy” fine – a fine that may be converted into days of imprisonment.

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