Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot

Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot

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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… (more)

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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.

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Book Details  


Publisher: Riverhead (January 08, 2014)

Format: EPUB

Page count: 256 pages

File size: 1.4 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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