Notre-Dame in Paris has been the background of Victor Hugo’s famous novel Le Bossu de Notre-Dame. Throughout the Middle Ages, the cathedral served as the artistic and architectural model for the Gothic style which would spread all over Western Christendom. Perhaps it is not so surprising that it was also turned into the monument symbolizing the whole of Western Europe.
It is not very surprising, too, that Elena Chudinova‘s novel The Mosque of Notre-Dame, soon to be released in French, as I read on this page, went through so many tribulations before finally being published in France, the country that is home to the largest Muslim minority in Western Europe.
The Mosque of Notre-Dame, originally published in Russian, describes France in the year 2048, at a time when the country has become Muslim. No wonder why, then, the sensitivity of the subject met with such uneasiness among publishers.