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Words Will Break Cement free pdf Early in the morning of February 21, 2012, five young women entered the enormous Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow, took off their overcoats to expose neon dresses, tights, and balaclavas, climbed up on the dais and began to perform a "punk prayer" beseeching the "Mother of God" to "get rid of Putin." Although the performance was quickly shut down by security, thanks to YouTube the event began to make its way around the world. And in the weeks and months that followed, instead of fading from public awareness, Pussy Riot went viral, as three of the women were arrested and tried, and two of them were sentenced to a remote prison colony. From their cage-like confines in the courtroom, they spoke out with exceptional eloquence and bravery to condemn not only the circumstances of their own detention but the Putin regime and its massive corruption and abuses of power, including its unholy alliance with the Russian Orthodox Church. The world took notice. The trial captured international headlines and celebrities--Madonna, Bjork, the Red Hot Chili Peppers--raced to vocalize their support. It became increasingly clear that Pussy Riot's "punk prayer" had been no prank and no accident but a uniquely well-conceived, well-planned, and well-executed act of political confrontation that surpassed what years of dissent and months of public protest had attempted: in a society built entirely on lies, it reinvented the power to tell the truth. It was a great work of art.
This riveting account, based on Masha Gessen's exclusive, extensive access to the principals--she was the journalist they wanted to tell their story--tells how such a phenomenon came about. Centered around Nadya, the group's unofficial leader, and including the stories of several other members of the group and additional important major secondary characters, it portrays how a society at an Orwellian extreme of hypocrisy spawned a group of women determined, from a very young age, to confront it and to make their confrontation heard and felt. And it also portrays the devastating loneliness and isolation that is the price of such success.

About Masha Gessen

Masha Gessen is a Russian-American journalist who is the author of several books, most recently the national bestseller "The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin." Her work has appeared in "Vanity Fair," "The New York Times," "Newsweek," "Slate," and many other publications, and has received numerous awards, most recently the 2013 Media for Liberty Award. She has served as the editor of several publications and as director of Radio Liberty's Russia Service. She lives in New York.

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Author : Masha Gessen
Publisher : Riverhead Books
Data Published : 25 February 2014
ISBN : 1594632197
EAN : 9781594632198
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 256 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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