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Stories Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Edited by Amnesty International USA
Contribution by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Paulo Coelho and Joyce Carol Oates
Foreword by Desmond Tutu

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Category: Fiction - Anthologies (multiple authors); Fiction - Literary; Fiction - Political
Imprint: Broadway Books
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: January 2011
Price: $16.00
Can. Price: $0.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-58883-8 (0-307-58883-1)
Pages: 432

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.

Praise for Freedom....
“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

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



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