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The most significant viewers' guide to the Sochi Olympics has nothing to do with luge, bobsled, or snowboarding. It's a compulsively readable book that explains in unflinching terms the tragedy that is modern Russia.

Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot , by Masha Geesen, is an instant classic, destined to take its place with Solzhenitsyn's writings about the Gulag, Arthur Koestler's Darkness At Noon , and Jacobo Timerman's Prisoner Without A Name, Cell Without A Number .

Pussy Riot was never really a band. It was a group of incredibly courageous young women who protested the Putin regime by conducting illegal "performances" in the Moscow Metro, on a city bus, in a clothing store, and ultimately, in a Russian Orthodox cathedral.

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Sporting dresses with loudly clashing tights and balaclavas, the women took to the soleas — a major no-no in itself — and launched into a number titled “Mother of God, Get Rid of Putin.” One pulled out a guitar and was ushered off by security before she could play a note. Another bounced in place as a speaker blared a prerecorded punk track. They high-kicked and mock genuflected, shouting and screaming into the cathedral’s arches, their voices hanging in the air as guards dragged them through the exits.

At the trial six months later, where the three apprehended members of the activist performance-art collective Pussy Riot would be convicted of “hooliganism,” with two of them later facing two-year sentences in penal colonies, the candle-tender at the cathedral, Lyubov Sokologorskaya, couldn’t bring herself to repeat for the judge what she’d heard them sing that day. She could only describe the girls’ “devilish jerkings.”

The traumatized candle-tender hasn’t been the only one who has struggled to clearly articulate the message of Pussy Riot. From an American standpoint, it’s tempting to view them simply as Web-savvy, anti-authoritarian troublemakers with a feminist edge and a bone to pick with Putin — and while all of that may be true, the punk lens ends up being more reductive than helpful.

The most significant viewers' guide to the Sochi Olympics has nothing to do with luge, bobsled, or snowboarding. It's a compulsively readable book that explains in unflinching terms the tragedy that is modern Russia.

Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot , by Masha Geesen, is an instant classic, destined to take its place with Solzhenitsyn's writings about the Gulag, Arthur Koestler's Darkness At Noon , and Jacobo Timerman's Prisoner Without A Name, Cell Without A Number .

Pussy Riot was never really a band. It was a group of incredibly courageous young women who protested the Putin regime by conducting illegal "performances" in the Moscow Metro, on a city bus, in a clothing store, and ultimately, in a Russian Orthodox cathedral.

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Sporting dresses with loudly clashing tights and balaclavas, the women took to the soleas — a major no-no in itself — and launched into a number titled “Mother of God, Get Rid of Putin.” One pulled out a guitar and was ushered off by security before she could play a note. Another bounced in place as a speaker blared a prerecorded punk track. They high-kicked and mock genuflected, shouting and screaming into the cathedral’s arches, their voices hanging in the air as guards dragged them through the exits.

At the trial six months later, where the three apprehended members of the activist performance-art collective Pussy Riot would be convicted of “hooliganism,” with two of them later facing two-year sentences in penal colonies, the candle-tender at the cathedral, Lyubov Sokologorskaya, couldn’t bring herself to repeat for the judge what she’d heard them sing that day. She could only describe the girls’ “devilish jerkings.”

The traumatized candle-tender hasn’t been the only one who has struggled to clearly articulate the message of Pussy Riot. From an American standpoint, it’s tempting to view them simply as Web-savvy, anti-authoritarian troublemakers with a feminist edge and a bone to pick with Putin — and while all of that may be true, the punk lens ends up being more reductive than helpful.

10.01.2014  · In “Words Will Break Cement,” Masha Gessen explores the impact of the Russian musical activist group Pussy Riot.

NPR coverage of Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot by Masha Gessen. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.

05.02.2014  · In “Words Will Break Cement,” Russian-American journalist Gessen sets out to answer what Maria (Gessen refers to the heroines by their first names or ...

From National Book Award winner Masha Gessen, 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.

The most significant viewers' guide to the Sochi Olympics has nothing to do with luge, bobsled, or snowboarding. It's a compulsively readable book that explains in unflinching terms the tragedy that is modern Russia.

Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot , by Masha Geesen, is an instant classic, destined to take its place with Solzhenitsyn's writings about the Gulag, Arthur Koestler's Darkness At Noon , and Jacobo Timerman's Prisoner Without A Name, Cell Without A Number .

Pussy Riot was never really a band. It was a group of incredibly courageous young women who protested the Putin regime by conducting illegal "performances" in the Moscow Metro, on a city bus, in a clothing store, and ultimately, in a Russian Orthodox cathedral.

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The most significant viewers' guide to the Sochi Olympics has nothing to do with luge, bobsled, or snowboarding. It's a compulsively readable book that explains in unflinching terms the tragedy that is modern Russia.

Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot , by Masha Geesen, is an instant classic, destined to take its place with Solzhenitsyn's writings about the Gulag, Arthur Koestler's Darkness At Noon , and Jacobo Timerman's Prisoner Without A Name, Cell Without A Number .

Pussy Riot was never really a band. It was a group of incredibly courageous young women who protested the Putin regime by conducting illegal "performances" in the Moscow Metro, on a city bus, in a clothing store, and ultimately, in a Russian Orthodox cathedral.

The most significant viewers' guide to the Sochi Olympics has nothing to do with luge, bobsled, or snowboarding. It's a compulsively readable book that explains in unflinching terms the tragedy that is modern Russia.

Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot , by Masha Geesen, is an instant classic, destined to take its place with Solzhenitsyn's writings about the Gulag, Arthur Koestler's Darkness At Noon , and Jacobo Timerman's Prisoner Without A Name, Cell Without A Number .

Pussy Riot was never really a band. It was a group of incredibly courageous young women who protested the Putin regime by conducting illegal "performances" in the Moscow Metro, on a city bus, in a clothing store, and ultimately, in a Russian Orthodox cathedral.

Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) is a service we offer sellers that lets them store their products in Amazon's fulfillment centers, and we directly pack, ship, and provide customer service for these products. Something we hope you'll especially enjoy: FBA items qualify for FREE Shipping and Amazon Prime.

If you're a seller, Fulfillment by Amazon can help you increase your sales. We invite you to learn more about Fulfillment by Amazon .

Sponsored Products are advertisements for products sold by merchants on Amazon.com. When you click on a Sponsored Product ad, you will be taken to an Amazon detail page where you can learn more about the product and purchase it.

Sporting dresses with loudly clashing tights and balaclavas, the women took to the soleas — a major no-no in itself — and launched into a number titled “Mother of God, Get Rid of Putin.” One pulled out a guitar and was ushered off by security before she could play a note. Another bounced in place as a speaker blared a prerecorded punk track. They high-kicked and mock genuflected, shouting and screaming into the cathedral’s arches, their voices hanging in the air as guards dragged them through the exits.

At the trial six months later, where the three apprehended members of the activist performance-art collective Pussy Riot would be convicted of “hooliganism,” with two of them later facing two-year sentences in penal colonies, the candle-tender at the cathedral, Lyubov Sokologorskaya, couldn’t bring herself to repeat for the judge what she’d heard them sing that day. She could only describe the girls’ “devilish jerkings.”

The traumatized candle-tender hasn’t been the only one who has struggled to clearly articulate the message of Pussy Riot. From an American standpoint, it’s tempting to view them simply as Web-savvy, anti-authoritarian troublemakers with a feminist edge and a bone to pick with Putin — and while all of that may be true, the punk lens ends up being more reductive than helpful.

10.01.2014  · In “Words Will Break Cement,” Masha Gessen explores the impact of the Russian musical activist group Pussy Riot.

NPR coverage of Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot by Masha Gessen. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.

05.02.2014  · In “Words Will Break Cement,” Russian-American journalist Gessen sets out to answer what Maria (Gessen refers to the heroines by their first names or ...



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