Cover art for this book today is heavily influenced by ‘Cabaret’ film and stage adaptations that grew out of this book. In the 1930s, Berlin was a byeword for transgressive excess, both sexual and political. This fine collection of stories inevitably attracted the censor’s ire.
S3 E6 War is hell: Boell, ‘And where were you, Adam?’ (1951)
How did a subtle, refined war novel earn a ban? Perhaps the faeces and war crimes were more offensive than the barely-there sex.