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Freedom: Stories Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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Publisher Comments:

Sixty years ago, the United Nations took a moral stand against human rights crimes and adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a proclamation of thirty rights that belong to us all, starting memorably with Article 1: “All human beings are born free and equal.”

Now, an array of internationally acclaimed writers have chosen one of the thirty rights as the inspiration for a short story. Published in association with Amnesty International, the result is a mix of thoughtful, serious, funny, and thrilling stories that harness the power of literature to celebrate—and affirm—our shared humanity.

Review:

"Ranging from the surreal to the subtle, this sweeping anthology illustrates the tenets of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and features a contributor list that reads like a who's who of leading writers from across the globe, including David Mitchell, Joyce Carol Oates, Paulo Coelho, Mahmoud Saeed, Yann Martel, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In Kate Atkinson's 'The War on Women,' Britain passes a law requiring women to stay home and wear the burqa. A group of neighbors in a housing project takes justice into their own hands in Walter Mosley's 'The Trial.' The protagonist of James Meek's 'The Kind of Neighbor You Used to Have' discovers how little risk his neighbors are willing to take to avert injustice. Banana Yoshimoto's 'A Special Boy' delves into the effects of a mother's abandonment of her son. The narrator of Ali Smith's 'The Go-Between' occupies the space between oppression and freedom--literally--as he attempts to move from Morocco into Spain. Vibrant and often chilling, these stories paint a rousing picture of the continuing battle to ensure basic human dignity. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

Inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), "Freedom" is an enthralling anthology of short stories with contributions by such authors as Joyce Carol Oates, Kate Atkinson, Walter Mosley, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and many others.

About the Author

Contributors:

 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie • Mohammed Naseehu Ali • Kate Allen • Gabriella Ambrosio • Kate Atkinson • Liana Badr • Ishmael Beah • Héctor Aguilar Camín • Amit Chaudhuri • Paulo Coelho • Vered Cohen-Barzilay • David Constantine • Ariel Dorfman • Helen Dunmore • Jon Fosse • Petina Gappah • Alan Garner • Nadine Gordimer • Juan Goytisolo • Patricia Grace • Richard Griffiths • Xiaolu Guo • Milton Hatoum • A. L. Kennedy • Olja Knezevic • Marina Lewycka • Henning Mankell • Yann Martel • James Meek • Rohinton Mistry • David Mitchell • Walter Mosley • Joyce Carol Oates • Alice Pung • Mahmoud Saeed • Ali Smith • Archbishop Desmond Tutu • Alexis Wright • Banana Yoshimoto

Table of Contents

Foreword Archbishop Desmond Tutu Vii

Foreword Vered Cohen-Barzilay X

Introduction Larry Cox Xiii

Patricia Grace Busy Lines 1

A. L. Kennedy The Effects of Good Government on the City 7

James Meek The Kind of Neighbor You Used To Have 18

Marina Lewycka Business Philosophy 37

Mohammed Naseehu Ali The Long Ride Back Home 42

Gabriella Ambrosio Sticko 55

Joyce Carol Oates Tetanus 63

Walter Mosley The Trial 81

David Mitchell Character Development 107

Ariel Dorfman Innocent Passage 117

Amit Chaudhuri Aniruddha: The Latest Installment 146

Petina Gappah An Incident At Lunchtime 153

Milton Hatoum Torn 165

Ali Smith The Go-Between 172

David Constantine Asylum 178

Jon Fosse Homecoming 190

Kate Atkinson The War On Women 195

Banana Yoshimoto A Special Boy 212

Alexis Wright Be Careful About Playing With the Path of Least Resistance 217

Helen Dunmore Where I Keep My Faith 229

Héctor Aguilar Camín Comrade Vadillo 235

Paulo Coelho In The Prison of Repose 261

Mahmoud Saeed Warriors of the Sky 274

Richard Griffiths The Obvious Candidate 289

Juan Goytisolo Mr. President . . . 299

Yann Martel The Moon Above His Head 303

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Sola 310

Nadine Gordimer Amnesty 315

Xiaolu Guo An Internet Baby 324

Alice Pung The Shed 330

Ishmael Beah ABC Antidote 340

Alan Garner Gray Wolf, Prince Jack, and The Firebird 351

Liana Badr March of the Dinosaurs 362

Rohinton Mistry The Scream 371

Olja Knezevic The Classroom 383

Epilogue: Henning Mankell Sofia 396

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 399

Contributors 405

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307588838
Author:
Amnesty International Usa (cor)
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Author:
Amnesty International Usa
Author:
Amnesty International
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
United nations
Subject:
Short Stories (Anthologies)
Subject:
Anthologies-General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8 x 5.16 x .9 in .72 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Ranging from the surreal to the subtle, this sweeping anthology illustrates the tenets of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and features a contributor list that reads like a who's who of leading writers from across the globe, including David Mitchell, Joyce Carol Oates, Paulo Coelho, Mahmoud Saeed, Yann Martel, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In Kate Atkinson's 'The War on Women,' Britain passes a law requiring women to stay home and wear the burqa. A group of neighbors in a housing project takes justice into their own hands in Walter Mosley's 'The Trial.' The protagonist of James Meek's 'The Kind of Neighbor You Used to Have' discovers how little risk his neighbors are willing to take to avert injustice. Banana Yoshimoto's 'A Special Boy' delves into the effects of a mother's abandonment of her son. The narrator of Ali Smith's 'The Go-Between' occupies the space between oppression and freedom--literally--as he attempts to move from Morocco into Spain. Vibrant and often chilling, these stories paint a rousing picture of the continuing battle to ensure basic human dignity. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , Inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), "Freedom" is an enthralling anthology of short stories with contributions by such authors as Joyce Carol Oates, Kate Atkinson, Walter Mosley, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and many others.
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