Words Will Break Cement

Words Will Break Cement

The Passion of Pussy Riot

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Penguin Putnam
The heroic story of Pussy Riot, who resurrected the power of truth in a society built on lies

On February 21, 2012, five young women entered the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. In neon-colored dresses, tights, and balaclavas, they performed a punk prayer” beseeching the Mother of God” to get rid of Putin.” They were quickly shut down by security, and in the weeks and months that followed, three of the women were arrested and tried, and two were sentenced to a remote prison colony. But the incident captured international headlines, and footage of it went viral. People across the globe recognized not only a fierce act of political confrontation but also an inspired work of art that, in a time and place saturated with lies, found a new way to speak the truth.

Masha Gessen’s riveting account tells how such a phenomenon came about. Drawing on her exclusive, extensive access to the members of Pussy Riot and their families and associates, she reconstructs the fascinating personal journeys that transformed a group of young women into artists with a shared vision, gave them the courage and imagination to express it unforgettably, and endowed them with the strength to endure the devastating loneliness and isolation that have been the price of their triumph.


Random House, Inc.
The heroic story of Pussy Riot, who resurrected the power of truth in a society built on lies

On February 21, 2012, five young women entered the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. In neon-colored dresses, tights, and balaclavas, they performed a “punk prayer” beseeching the “Mother of God” to “get rid of Putin.” They were quickly shut down by security, and in the weeks and months that followed, three of the women were arrested and tried, and two were sentenced to a remote prison colony. But the incident captured international headlines, and footage of it went viral. People across the globe recognized not only a fierce act of political confrontation but also an inspired work of art that, in a time and place saturated with lies, found a new way to speak the truth.

Masha Gessen’s riveting account tells how such a phenomenon came about. Drawing on her exclusive, extensive access to the members of Pussy Riot and their families and associates, she reconstructs the fascinating personal journeys that transformed a group of young women into artists with a shared vision, gave them the courage and imagination to express it unforgettably, and endowed them with the strength to endure the devastating loneliness and isolation that have been the price of their triumph.

Baker & Taylor
Drawing on access to the band's members and their families and associates, recreates the feminist punk activists' fierce act of political confrontation in Moscow, which made national headlines as they were punished for their act of defiance.

Baker
& Taylor

Drawing on exclusive access to the members of Pussy Riot and their families and associates, this gripping account recreates the feminist punk activists' fierce act of political confrontation in Moscow, which made national headlines as they were punished for their act of defiance. Original. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, [2014]
Edition: First Riverhead trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781594632198
Branch Call Number: 782.421660922 Ges
Characteristics: 308 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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lukasevansherman
Aug 01, 2014

"So the word is more sincere than concrete? So the word is not a trifle? Then may noble people begin to grown, and their word will break cement."-Solzhenitsyn
For those who have been following the incredible story of the punk feminist activist group (for lack of a better description) Pussy Riot as they have clashed with the Russian government over the past few years, this is an important book. It is frightening that in the 21st century, peaceful dissidence can be criminal and three of the members were jailed for their activities. This book, by a Russian-American journalist who has also written about Putin, will both infuriate and inspire readers. These women are fiercely intelligent and very brave and it is absolutely shameful how they have been treated. Also check out the HBO documentary "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer," which covers much of the same material.

SkycycleX2 Apr 23, 2014

A very informative book that helped me understand the current situation in Russia that Pussy Riot has been reacting to. While some Russians may experience a better standard of living than under communist rule, they seem to have traded one oppressive regime for another. Gessen also writes interesting character studies of the three members of Pussy Riot who were tried. The book made me appreciate even more these women's courage and intelligence.

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StarGladiator
Jan 15, 2014

An informative book, explaining both the context and details surrounding the Russian grrrl band actively working to change the human rights situation in their country. The jail time incurred by at least one of the members was brutal; in an ancient penitentiary, where she had to undergo an almost daily gynecological examination in humiliating, and less than sanitary conditions! These are dedicated ladies of noble spirit.

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