Henry Miller books burnt ‘in defiance of Western values’ by Russian ‘pagan librarians’ – RT
The YouTube video of what happened shows half-naked men hopping around the fire, dancing and throwing Millerâ€™s books into the flames. Their menâ€™s faces cannot be seen.
The group describe themselves as members of a club of pagan librarians Perun (in Slavic mythology Perun is the highest god of the pantheon and the god of thunder and lightning).
According to the group, Millerâ€™s books are a representation of a western world which is vicious and lacks any kind of values.
â€œHenry Millerâ€™s works are an archetype of a morally decaying western world with its prevalence of fornication and its decline of family values,â€ activists wrote in their press-release published by a local newspaper Ugopolis.
The young men said their goal was to secretly â€œcorrectâ€ works of literature, Mir 24 reported. The group added that sometimes it was just enough to get rid of a couple of pages to turn a â€œharmfulâ€ book into a â€œdecentâ€ one. However, Millerâ€™s works of literature are not the case here, they pointed out, saying it was absolutely impossible to â€œeditâ€ them.
The activists claimed the books had been taken from local libraries and archives. They also said only an insignificant number of books remained in the libraries, which is an â€œindication of the societyâ€™s moral health and consciousness”. However, authorities denied the allegation, saying the books in the video did not bear any signs of having been in a library.
â€œThrough our campaign we want to remind society that literature is not harmless. We have destroyed a considerable amount of books, those books that cannot be useful for our society,â€ the group told Mir 24 TV channel.
The “pagan librarians” also said that they are currently working on a â€œvirusâ€ that would comb the texts on web-portals, cloud storages, and maybe in networked computers for any amoral utterances and immediately delete the text if such were found.
Some commentators questioned the menâ€™s motives, saying the whole move could be quite the opposite of what it looked like and could in fact be a PR-stunt by Miller lovers to draw attention to his books.
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