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Freedom: Short Stories Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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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, Yann
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Published March 4th 2011 by Mainstream Digital (first published 2009)
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Elian Haliman
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Michaela
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Christine
Nov 21, 2009 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Everyone should read this book.
Pam
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The premise is fine, but the book would have more appeal if it were non-fiction.
Esther
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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William Maas
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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
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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 ...more
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.
Bettie☯


Read just the david mitchell entry for now, and you can too : http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/...
Mark
Feb 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Anurag Lahiri
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: woc, critical-race
I read the one story by Mahmoud SaeedMahmoud Saeed. Chilling and disturbing story line, very well written.
Abdullah Naeem Ibrahim
A good short story collection.
Punit Soni
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthologies
I was incredibly bored.
Carol
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harrowing and important. Can be a difficult read, so best read a bit at a time.
Andy
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
checked this back out and am enjoying the short stories that are heartfelt and true...
Tracy Trofimencoff
I was really disappointed - I love short stories and I found that the book fell short of interesting and thought-provoking stories.
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