'Praise for WORDS WILL BREAK CEMENT: THE PASSION OF PUSSY RIOT
Named a Best Book of 2014 by NPR and The Guardian "Urgent ... damning ... Much here will be new to the American reader. All of it is infuriating." -Alexander Nazaryan, The New York Times "Remarkable...Masha Gessen [is] one of the most important activists and journalists Russia has known in a generation... disquieting, moving, and closely reported." -David Remnick, The New Yorker"Simply put, this is the best, most urgent book I've read about art this year. Through rigorous research and furiously fine storytelling, Masha Gessen places the band's founding members unflinchingly into context, revealing the worlds they move between (of Russian activists, intellectuals and prisoners) and reminding us that art really can change the world - if you're an artist with the guts to try." -NPR"The fullest account so far of the Pussy Riot story... A moving object lesson in the power of art - perhaps especially messy and exuberant art - to rise above repression and have the last, cement-breaking word." -Sara Marcus , Los Angeles Times"Valuable for its insights into the modern cultural history of Russia, with all its idealistic muddles, dead-ends and false starts ... ideal for those curious about the country behind the Games." - The Economist"What makes someone into a dissident? Why do some people give up everything - home, family, job - to embark on a career of protest? ... Gessen set out to answer this question ... in this excellent short account." - The Washington Post"A compulsively readable book that explains in unflinching terms the tragedy that is modern Russia... Words Will Break Cement is an instant classic, destined to take its place with Solzhenitsyn's writings about the Gulag... one comes away...marveling at the courage of the Pussy Riot members making a stand against tyranny while demonstrating the willingness to pay a steep price" - New York Journal of Books"Riveting... [Gessen] is a sharp observer of people and events, and she tells Pussy Riot's story in a lively style that is somehow casual, precise, and powerful all at once. She has written a terrific book, a compelling story of three creative women who courageously attacked a repressive regime by disrupting the spectacle of its propaganda." - The Rumpus"The significance of Words Will Break Cement ...is its demonstration that Pussy Riot's rambunctious confrontations with the authorities are the result of several years of growing frustration with Putin's rule...The genius of Pussy Riot...has been to employ guerilla street theater and a sense of humor along with unbridled profanity-all the better to skewer the pretensions of power and privilege Putin insists are his due... Words Will Break Cement makes clear that Pussy Riot is more than just a small group of disorderly anarchists." - New York Times Book Review"Masha Gessen's history of founding Pussy Riot members Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich provides some crucial context for understanding the motives and means of the group...Gessen's account helpfully highlights the lineage of art and protest that gave rise to Pussy Riot.. Pussy Riot is what art endangered looks like; their songs are salvos; their hits are strikes." - - Boston Globe "[A] fascinating insider account ... As Russia waves sabers at the Ukraine and considers a new cultural policy that explicitly rejects multiculturalism and tolerance, the young women of Pussy Riot increasingly seem not like radicals but prophets. ... Vivid and empathic." -Seattle Times"A compelling and eloquent account of current events." - The Christian Science Monitor "Gessen offers a lively and sympathetic portrait of the three women at the center of the storm... keenly observed and often moving." - The Guardian"[An] angry, clear and intimate look at the women behind Pussy Riot." -
The heroic story of Pussy Riot, who resurrected the power of truth in a society built on lies.