Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot

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Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot

Words Will Break Cement is so good because, in addition to possessing an accessible and understated literary style, Gessen really knows her subject.

If only the “passion of Pussy Riot” could be somehow organized and directed, Gessen hints, then it might make a difference.

She is not the first to tell Pussy Riot’s story, as there’s no Iron Curtain to keep the West in the dark anymore. But she tells it more thoroughly, her anger at Russia’s “overwhelming mediocrity” scorching every page.