< /p> UPDATE DAY
Recently, amid almost general indifference, a very serious matter occurred.
This fall, the novel The Boy with the Feet at the 'upside down, by the author François Blais, was published by the publisher Fides.
Well received, the novel tells the investigation of two teenage girls into the disappearance of their little neighbor.< /p>
The book is said to cover various themes: friendship, the difficulties of adolescence, the paranormal, suicide, etc. .
I write ” dit-on “, because I confess that I have not read it. You'll see in a moment why it doesn't matter here.
The author isn't just anyone. He notably won, for previous works, a Governor General's Award in the children's literature category and a Youth Prize from the booksellers of Quebec.
It also happens that the author committed suicide shortly time before the publication of the book.
You guess the rest, right?
A site like Leslibraires.ca, containing reading suggestions, which can also be used to buy online, already contains a warning that the book deals with sensitive topics, in particular that of suicide.
< p>I am not against this warning.
But obviously the State had to get involved with its big clogs.
The Direction nationale de santé publique distributed a notice signed by the acting Deputy Minister to education circles asking them not to recommend reading the book, on the pretext that it would promote suicide.
The government recovers in its argument the fact that the author ended his life, which the publisher had forbidden to disseminate widely.
A regional management particularly zealous and militant outright calls for copies of the book that have already sold out to be withdrawn from circulation.
A case of censorship? Not exactly, because the sale of the book remains authorized. But the initiative certainly aims to divert people from the work.
However, this is not an essay glorifying suicide or a treatise on the means to achieve this, but from a work of fiction.
Apparently, it is no longer enough for booksellers to warn us.
It is no longer enough for TV channels now decide for us by withdrawing such a film deemed “shocking” because we fear the protests of three fellows.
It is no longer good enough for junior corporals to patrol campuses looking for “blasphemous” books or words.
This time, it is the state that is putting all its weight, all its credibility in the operation.
The government will now get involved in telling us which readings are good or bad for us ?
Have we come to this?
Hasn't our glorious and very capable Ministry of Health got anything more important to do?
Will you he now warns us against every work of FICTION (of FICTION !!!) where it will be about suicide, incest, drugs, raw sex, drinking too much, eating too much or fighting in a bar?
The editor deserves an apology. He probably won't get them.