Apparently, other than in Morocco and Tunisia, most people in the Arab world have never heard of "The Diary of Anne Frank".
This is kind of surprising to me, especially when, in most cases, the book is banned for political or ideological reasons. You would think that's the more reason people would want to get a hold of it and pass it around, even if it's just out of curiosity, no? Plus the fact that it's one of the most read books in the world! I guess that's possible, but it looks like that's going to change now.
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