HUNGARY: Little Red Book

A Bible-study bestseller

In any Western country, publication of a book entitled The Small Encyclopedia of the Bible would hardly have been noticed. But when Hungary's state-owned printing house announced that the title would be one of 135 works introduced during the country's annual book week, the news was sensational. Like every other Communist regime, after all, Hungary's propagates atheism; and while in practice it tolerates religious observance by its 5.8 million Catholics and 2.6 million Protestants, the Bible itself is available in only a single church bookstore in the country. It is frequently out of stock.

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