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Inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which starts memorably with Article 1: we are all born free and equal, "Freedom" is an enthralling anthology of short stories by some of the world's top writers. Most of the stories have been written especially for this anthology by a renowned array of internationally acclaimed writers, including Paulo Coelho, Y Inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which starts memorably with Article 1: we are all born free and equal, "Freedom" is an enthralling anthology of short stories by some of the world's top writers. Most of the stories have been written especially for this anthology by a renowned array of internationally acclaimed writers, including Paulo Coelho, Yann Martel, AL Kennedy, Ali Smith, Amit Chaudhuri, Ariel Dorfman, Helen Dunmore, Marina Lewycka, Walter Mosley, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, James Meek, Kate Atkinson, David Mitchell, Hector Aguilar Camin, Ishmael Beah, Boris Akunin, Alice Pung and Banana Yoshimoto. Each acclaimed contributor has chosen one of the thirty UDHR rights as the basic inspiration for his or her story, and the result is an anthology that contains a complete mix of thoughtful, serious, funny and thrilling stories that provide some completely unexpected takes on the issue of human rights. Published in association with Amnesty International, "Freedom" is an eclectic collection that will prompt readers to engage imaginatively with what human rights mean for all of us.


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Inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which starts memorably with Article 1: we are all born free and equal, "Freedom" is an enthralling anthology of short stories by some of the world's top writers. Most of the stories have been written especially for this anthology by a renowned array of internationally acclaimed writers, including Paulo Coelho, Y Inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which starts memorably with Article 1: we are all born free and equal, "Freedom" is an enthralling anthology of short stories by some of the world's top writers. Most of the stories have been written especially for this anthology by a renowned array of internationally acclaimed writers, including Paulo Coelho, Yann Martel, AL Kennedy, Ali Smith, Amit Chaudhuri, Ariel Dorfman, Helen Dunmore, Marina Lewycka, Walter Mosley, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, James Meek, Kate Atkinson, David Mitchell, Hector Aguilar Camin, Ishmael Beah, Boris Akunin, Alice Pung and Banana Yoshimoto. Each acclaimed contributor has chosen one of the thirty UDHR rights as the basic inspiration for his or her story, and the result is an anthology that contains a complete mix of thoughtful, serious, funny and thrilling stories that provide some completely unexpected takes on the issue of human rights. Published in association with Amnesty International, "Freedom" is an eclectic collection that will prompt readers to engage imaginatively with what human rights mean for all of us.

30 review for Freedom: Short Stories Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

  1. 5 out of 5

    Esther

    There are some incredibly powerful stories in this book. I couldn't read some of them without cringing and flinching and that gives me hope for myself, that I haven't become completely desensitized to suffering and injustice in the world. As an English teacher, I have loved being able to teach creative writing and language analysis using some of these stories as examples. They're not only extremely well written, but more importantly they are meaningful. They have sparked some great classroom dis There are some incredibly powerful stories in this book. I couldn't read some of them without cringing and flinching and that gives me hope for myself, that I haven't become completely desensitized to suffering and injustice in the world. As an English teacher, I have loved being able to teach creative writing and language analysis using some of these stories as examples. They're not only extremely well written, but more importantly they are meaningful. They have sparked some great classroom discussion and introduced my students to some brilliant writers from all over the globe. Reading this book is an uncomfortable experience even as you can enjoy the writers' craft. And that's as it should be. Read, think, feel! Look at the world with your eyes open and maybe even do something about the situations highlighted by this book. At the very least spread the word in whatever capacity you can.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elian Haliman

    Some of the stories read more like poems and are hard to digest, but some were written based on actual facts. They cover all the declarations of human rights so I got a wide view of people's struggles in fighting for their rights (freedom of speech, peace, economic justice, obtaining education, etc). Good read to open my eyes to the injustices that are in the world. Some of the stories read more like poems and are hard to digest, but some were written based on actual facts. They cover all the declarations of human rights so I got a wide view of people's struggles in fighting for their rights (freedom of speech, peace, economic justice, obtaining education, etc). Good read to open my eyes to the injustices that are in the world.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michaela

    Short stories themed to the points of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Only one or two clunkers. Most were very good. Many were brilliant.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Everyone should read this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Władysław Saj

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Lektura : ofiary, gwałty, lyncze na niewinnych, handel żywym towarem, dystopie, czasami tylko promyki światła ale nawet gdy trafiła się w opowiadaniu jakaś normalna szkocka sekretarka i konsultantka Avonu za chwile okazuje się że jak w Black Mirror (.. no może raczej Opowieści Podręcznej...) to wstęp do Szkocji gdzie wprowadzają burki i kamieniowanie kobiet . Spojrzenie na świat tak amnestyjne że bez logo można poznać. No i meksykańcy komuniści, niezłomni nawet po odsiadce w gułagu : "Jak mawiał Lektura : ofiary, gwałty, lyncze na niewinnych, handel żywym towarem, dystopie, czasami tylko promyki światła ale nawet gdy trafiła się w opowiadaniu jakaś normalna szkocka sekretarka i konsultantka Avonu za chwile okazuje się że jak w Black Mirror (.. no może raczej Opowieści Podręcznej...) to wstęp do Szkocji gdzie wprowadzają burki i kamieniowanie kobiet . Spojrzenie na świat tak amnestyjne że bez logo można poznać. No i meksykańcy komuniści, niezłomni nawet po odsiadce w gułagu : "Jak mawiał Engels, historia chadza złą stroną ulicy. Posuwa się naprzód , zataczając szerokie łuki, może sprawiać wrażenie jakby zmierzała w złym kierunku, ale w końcu dociera tam, dokąd dotrzeć musi". Przypomina mi to dobrze że do Amnesty sam trafiłem szukając słuszności w własnym życiu i działaniu, odrutki na własny wrzask, krzyk i gniew na świat ale też nigdy nie przywykłem przez jaki cień i mrok prowadzi droga. I to bez specjalnych zakręconych komplikacji, tylko i wyłącznie dlatego że świat jest pełen ludzkiej krzywdy, która w wielu miejscach nie jest pęknięciami mroku w jasnym niewzruszonym fundamencie świata tylko wielkim morzem z którego co rusz wyciąga się kolejnych rozbitków...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nathalie Franssen

    Such a great idea to link stories to articles from de declaration of human rights. I love the variety of stories, coming from so many different countries. This is definitely a must read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. read it in less than 3h 3/4. very interesting

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mike Barnett

    Not all of the stories are perfect, but enough of them are!

  9. 4 out of 5

    William Maas

    Freedom is a non fiction book put together by Amnesty International, which is a organization that helps to protect Human Rights and fights against injustices. This one book has a collection of thirty six separate, short, and very different experiences, from real people who have had one or more of their rights violated. There are not just sad and gloomy stories, but funny and suspenseful ones too. I was captivated and intrigued by the authors’ thoughts and points of views, throughout each inciden Freedom is a non fiction book put together by Amnesty International, which is a organization that helps to protect Human Rights and fights against injustices. This one book has a collection of thirty six separate, short, and very different experiences, from real people who have had one or more of their rights violated. There are not just sad and gloomy stories, but funny and suspenseful ones too. I was captivated and intrigued by the authors’ thoughts and points of views, throughout each incident. Overall the book was very informative, but still kept me reading because they were real life events and had lots of detail. This book would be recommended to any person that cares about what is happening in the world and likes a good read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Izzy McGrath

    James Meek, The kind of neighbour you used to have. I thought the story was quite confusing and I didn't quite get the point of the story. I didn't really enjoy it as it didn't make sense and I couldn't quite put the pieces together. At the end one of the characters said something and it kind of made the plot make some sense. I didn't understand why the man was put in jail in the first place and then when one of the other characters said that sentence I realised he wasn't meant to be in jail and James Meek, The kind of neighbour you used to have. I thought the story was quite confusing and I didn't quite get the point of the story. I didn't really enjoy it as it didn't make sense and I couldn't quite put the pieces together. At the end one of the characters said something and it kind of made the plot make some sense. I didn't understand why the man was put in jail in the first place and then when one of the other characters said that sentence I realised he wasn't meant to be in jail and the police had mistaken him for someone else. I wouldn't recommend this particular story in the book to anyone as I think it wouldn't make much sense.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Olja

    '...short stories by famous writers, including Paulo Coelho, Yann Martel, AL Kennedy, Ali Smith, Amit Chaudhuri, Ariel Dorfman, Helen Dunmore, Marina Lewycka, Walter Mosley, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, James Meek, Kate Atkinson, David Mitchell, Hector Aguilar Camin, Ishmael Beah, Boris Akunin, Alice Pung, Banana Yoshimo' and me, Olja Knezevic. My story in this anthology is the one titled 'The Classroom'. It's an important anthology, if a bit too dark for a summer read. But, it is an educational fi '...short stories by famous writers, including Paulo Coelho, Yann Martel, AL Kennedy, Ali Smith, Amit Chaudhuri, Ariel Dorfman, Helen Dunmore, Marina Lewycka, Walter Mosley, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, James Meek, Kate Atkinson, David Mitchell, Hector Aguilar Camin, Ishmael Beah, Boris Akunin, Alice Pung, Banana Yoshimo' and me, Olja Knezevic. My story in this anthology is the one titled 'The Classroom'. It's an important anthology, if a bit too dark for a summer read. But, it is an educational fiction-textbook on human rights. For the fans of both fiction and non-fiction.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kevin McAllister

    I was surprisingly disappointed with the content of this book. "Short Stories Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights". Sounds great right ? But the stories themselves were for the most part too short, had little or no character development and just didn't move me. There were a few exceptions, but unfortunately they were few and far between. I was surprisingly disappointed with the content of this book. "Short Stories Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights". Sounds great right ? But the stories themselves were for the most part too short, had little or no character development and just didn't move me. There were a few exceptions, but unfortunately they were few and far between.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bettie

    Read just the david mitchell entry for now, and you can too : http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/... Read just the david mitchell entry for now, and you can too : http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    There are some stories affect you, and you never forget it, one of these stories was written by Mahmoud Said Warrior of the Sky, it's a great story, wonderful, one of the most beautiful stories I've ever read in my life There are some stories affect you, and you never forget it, one of these stories was written by Mahmoud Said Warrior of the Sky, it's a great story, wonderful, one of the most beautiful stories I've ever read in my life

  15. 4 out of 5

    Anurag Lahiri

    I read the one story by Mahmoud SaeedMahmoud Saeed. Chilling and disturbing story line, very well written. I read the one story by Mahmoud SaeedMahmoud Saeed. Chilling and disturbing story line, very well written.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Abdullah Naeem Ibrahim

    A good short story collection.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Punit Soni

    I was incredibly bored.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Harrowing and important. Can be a difficult read, so best read a bit at a time.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    checked this back out and am enjoying the short stories that are heartfelt and true...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Trofimencoff

    I was really disappointed - I love short stories and I found that the book fell short of interesting and thought-provoking stories.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Infinite Scythe

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sinta

  24. 4 out of 5

    John

  25. 5 out of 5

    John Kraemer

  26. 5 out of 5

    Beth Stretton

  27. 5 out of 5

    Camilla

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

  29. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Prince

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