Freedom: Stories Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Paperback)

Stories Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

By Amnesty International USA (Editor), Desmond Tutu (Foreword by), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Contribution by)

Broadway Books, 9780307588838, 412pp.

Publication Date: January 4, 2011



Bestselling authors bring together a thought-provoking collection of short stories, each inspired by one of thirty human rights adopted by the United Nations and promoted by Amnesty International.

Freedom is a mix of thoughtful, serious, funny, and thrilling stories that harness the power of literature to celebrate--and affirm--our shared humanity. Published in association with Amnesty International, an array of internationally acclaimed & award-winning writers remind us these fundamental freedoms - ratified in 1948 - are just as crucial to protect and uphold today as ever.

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." Amnesty International is one of several international organizations promoting UDHR. It is a world-leading grassroots human rights organization & a global movement of millions of people demanding human rights for all people - no matter who they are or where they are.

Authors include: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Kate Atkinson, Ishmael Beah, Paulo Coelho, Nadine Gordimer, Marina Lewycka, Henning Mankell, Yann Martel, Rohinton Minstry, David Mitchell, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates.

About the Author

Contributors: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Mohammed Naseehu Ali - Kate Allen - Gabriella Ambrosio - Kate Atkinson - Liana Badr - Ishmael Beah - Hector Aguilar Camin - 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

Praise For Freedom: Stories Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

“The stories here are impressive in scope and show that The Universal Declaration of Human Rights can apply to many aspects of the human experience. Valuable reading.”—Library Journal

"Vibrant and often chilling, these stories paint a rousing picture of the continuing battle to ensure basic human dignity."—Publishers Weekly

“A timely reminder of the need for basic human dignity, freedom, rights, and respect. Inspirational and a very good read.” —Big Issue
“Angry, moving, upsetting, inspiring . . . It’s not always subtle. But it’s very effective.” —Daily Mail
“Freedom is illuminating and impressive.” —Guardian
“This is an inspirational collection of stories. Each tale . . . uses the power of literature to outstanding effect.” —Good Book Guide