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Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot - Masha Gessen
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... show more
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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781594632198 (1594632197)
Publisher: Riverhead Trade
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
3.0
I really don't get much performance art; I'm sorry. Most of what I have seen strikes me as silly or just a desire to shock. Yet, I still think it is a legit form of protest or art. I just don't like it.Let's be honest, some of the art that Pussy Riot undertook is not my thing at all. And like much p...
Misericordia
Misericordia rated it
1.0 Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot
Basically they got what was coming to them. Pussy Riot were initially part of art group Voina which was responsible for a number of blatant public misdemeanors: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voina.Woold YOU like to wake up and see the doors of your restaurant welded shut? All in the sake of some poli...
deborahmarkus7
deborahmarkus7 rated it
3.0 Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot
“How did our performance, a small and somewhat absurd act to begin with, balloon into a full-fledged catastrophe?”That’s the question this book struggles to answer. It largely succeeds.If I sound as if I’m hedging a bit, it’s because I’m still in shock from the very end of this book. I didn’t realiz...
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