The ominous image featured in Maxim's article combines an infamous photograph of book burning in Hitler's Germany of the 1930's with a photograph of a modern Russian male, the target audience of the magazine (Image: maximonline.ru)
If Russians are going to go in for book burning, the editors of “Maxim” say, there are some books they as Putin loyalists should consider setting fire to first. In the current issue of the magazine, they offer a list of ten which either because of their subjects or their authors make them appropriate targets.
Herewith the Moscow magazine’s list, compiled by its regular author, Oleg ‘Orange’ Bocharov, and tagged as “satire,” that will allow his readers to catch up with the latest fashion in Putin’s Russia today:
1. Nikolai Gogol’s “Dead Souls.” A harmful book written by “a psychologically unhealthy” person from Ukraine. “In every Russian fire, there should be something Ukrainian!”
2. Astrid Lindgren’s “Karlsson on the Roof.” A candidate for burning because it tells of the unnatural interest of a pedophile in a child of the same sex. Still worse, its author is “an activist of the [Swedish] social-democratic party” and that can’t be good.
3. Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace.” It isn’t important what this huge book is about. Its size alone will help the fire burn brightly. Moreover, its author was “an aging hippy” who was alienated from the Church.
4. Mikhail Bulgakov’s “The Master and Margarita.” A satanist distortion of Jesus’s life written by a drug addict and native of Kyiv.
5. George Orwell’s “1984.” Not only does this book reflect a lack of understanding of “that key role which its wise power plays in the life of the individual … it contains a false interpretation of the tested and reliable methods of popular enlightenment.” And in addition, it “was written in London by the son of an opium producer.”
6. J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings.” “A cheap and long-winded invention in which the place of gays and emigres in Europe are occupied by gnomes and elves, and the entire territory of Russia is covered by volcanoes and its population by Orcs. The author is a commander of the Order of the British Empire and this says it all.”
7. Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles.” This story, written by “a British spiritualist and charlatan,” not only promotes murder but “awakens hatred to a social group,” in this case, “dogs.”
8. Mikhail Lermontov’s “A Hero of Our Times.” A book intended to spark international tension between Russians and persons of Caucasus nationality, written by an adventurist whose death tsar Nicholas I cleverly predicted: ‘To a dog, a dog’s death.’”
10. Korney Chukovsky’s “Fly Tsokotukha.” The author grew up in Odesa and associated with Soviet dissidents so one can expect nothing more than a tale of immorality directed at children.