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  • Published: 4 March 2011
  • ISBN: 9781845968571
  • Imprint: Mainstream Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448


Short Stories Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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Writings by world-renowned authors inspired by Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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.

  • Pub date: 4 March 2011
  • ISBN: 9781845968571
  • Imprint: Mainstream Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

Praise for Freedom

“As a compendium of global injustice, Freedom is illuminating and impressive”

The Guardian

“It is hard to pick a few of the many highlights from this extraordinary collection”


“A fine collection of short stories . . . inspirational and a very good read”

The Big Issue

“Very impressive”

The Bookseller

“This volume does exactly what it's meant to: it gives us an uncomfortable reminder of the freedoms that we take for granted, freedoms which were hard won, and which are still not univesal, or safe from reversal even here if we don't guard our rights”

Scottish Review of Books

“An inspirational collection of stories [which] reverberates with the vision of worldwide freedom . . . uses the power of literature to outstanding effect”

The Good Book Guide

“Vibrant and often chilling, these stories paint a rousing picture of the continuing battle to ensure basic human dignity”

Publishers Weekly

“A powerful, often surprising collection . . . very effective”

Daily Mail