Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot

Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot

Masha Gessen


The heroic tale of Pussy insurrection, who resurrected the facility of fact in a society outfitted on lies

On February 21, 2012, 5 younger ladies entered the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. In neon-colored attire, tights, and balaclavas, they played a “punk prayer” beseeching the “Mother of God” to “get rid of Putin.” They have been fast close down via safety, and within the weeks and months that undefined, 3 of the ladies have been arrested and attempted, and have been sentenced to a distant legal colony. however the incident captured foreign headlines, and pictures of it went viral. humans around the globe famous not just a fierce act of political disagreement but additionally an encouraged murals that, in a time and position saturated with lies, came across a brand new method to communicate the truth.

Masha Gessen’s riveting account tells how this sort of phenomenon happened. Drawing on her specific, large entry to the contributors of Pussy revolt and their households and colleagues, she reconstructs the attention-grabbing own trips that reworked a gaggle of younger girls into artists with a shared imaginative and prescient, gave them the braveness and mind's eye to specific it unforgettably, and endowed them with the power to undergo the devastating loneliness and isolation which have been the cost of their triumph.

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