Freedom: Stories Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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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.

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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

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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.)
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