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Freedom: A Collection of Short Fiction Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human [Paperback]

Amnesty International
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Sept. 30 2009

Freedom is an unique anthology of short fiction =by some of the world`s most celebrated writers. Each contribution reimagines one right from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the United Nations after the atrocities of World War II and has become the cornerstone of all subsequent international human rights law.

Introduced by Nobel Peace Prize--winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, this outstanding anthology includes acclaimed writers like Rohinton Mistry, Joyce Carol Oates, David Mitchell, Paulo Coelho, and Yann Martel taking as his or her inspiration such articles as the universality of human rights; the right to life, liberty and security of person; legal recognition for all; and the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

Published in association with Amnesty International, Freedom contains a mix of thoughtful, serious, funny and thrilling stories that provide an unexpected take on the issue of human rights, inspiring readers to engage imaginatively with what these rights mean for all of us.


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AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL was founded in 1961 to conduct research and generate action to prevent grave abuses of human rights, and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated. It now has over two million members worldwide. www.amnesty.ca

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of short fiction. March 29 2010
This is a unique anthology of writing by some of the world's most celebrated writers. Each contribution reimagines one right from the UDHR. You will find this is a great introduction to writers you may not have read prior to now. A recommended read.

I enjoy reading writers who I have not read previously and this collection was therefore a welcome introduction to several who are new to me.

To make mention of one by example... however a highlight that is actually in this books forward .. by Vered Cohen-Barzilay, Director of Communications and Publications for Amnesty International Israel, who makes reference to a famous Israeli poem, by Shmuel Hasfari, called: "The Children of Winter 1973" - one line in the poem says: "You promised to do everything for us, to turn an enemy into a loved one"

This, and several other "tastes" of new writers (to me) makes this a special addition to my library.
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