Reporters on the Job
• Check the Library: Given the tiny circulation of "Verisimilitude," the banned novel that landed Australian Harry Nicolaides in a Thai jail, correspondent Simon Montlake wasn't sure he could find a copy in Bangkok. "I wanted to read what exactly had got him into trouble. And Harry's own diligence helped me. In 2005, he sent a copy of the book to the National Library of Thailand, the equivalent of the US Library of Congress," says Simon.Skip to next paragraph
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Simon went there, expecting to find the book had been pulled from the shelves. "But to my surprise, it was there. I sat down and began reading, wondering if any of the library staff knew about the criminal case against the author. I doubt it, as Thai news media have ignored the case," says Simon.
The book isn't available for loan, but Simon photocopied the offending passage – 100 or so words – and some other sections that seemed relevant to the novel's theme. "Then I put the book back on the shelves. It may still be there," he says.
– David Clark Scott
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