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Forbidden Literature

Attending a French Food festival which was held in Merrion Square, Dublin, the last thing I expected to come away with a photography of was this collection of old books.  However, as the festival was held at the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, this shouldn't have been a surprise.  Up on the first floor library, this collection of literature was bathed in soft window light. However,it was the grating on the front of the bookshelf which caught my attention. It made think of forbidden literature, banned by some government for their anti-establishment, political, moral or religious rhetoric, locked away to prevent they being read by the masses.

Torch every book.  Char every page.  Burn every word to ash.  Ideas are incombustible.  And therein lies your real fear.  ― Ellen Hopkins