Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot by Masha Gessen

By Masha Gessen

The heroic tale of Pussy rebel, who resurrected the ability of fact in a society equipped 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 quick close down through safeguard, and within the weeks and months that undefined, 3 of the ladies have been arrested and attempted, and have been sentenced to a distant felony 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 in addition an encouraged murals that, in a time and position saturated with lies, came across a brand new option to communicate the truth.

Masha Gessen's riveting account tells how any such phenomenon took place. Drawing on her particular, large entry to the participants of Pussy rebel and their households and co-workers, she reconstructs the interesting own trips that remodeled a bunch of younger girls into artists with a shared imaginative and prescient, gave them the braveness and mind's eye to precise it unforgettably, and endowed them with the power to undergo the devastating loneliness and isolation which were the cost of their triumph.

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From this perspective, even Slavie’s traditionally negative attributes, such as material and cultural “poverty,” become positive, even Evangelical values, for * Svatopluk Čech (1846–1908) was the patriotic Czech poet and novelist who espoused Pan-Slavism. 10 Poverty came to mean inner richness and new and higher values that were more precious than those ever provided by Europe. In the poem, Europe is symptomatically identified with the West and Slavie with the East. 11 The attribute of “newness” in the theme of Slavie as a counterpart to Europe was placed on the same level with the theme of America, which in the nineteenth century is often likewise juxtaposed to Europe as “a new continent,” historically predestined to overcome dissipated European life forms.

Beginning in 1822, he collected Slavic folk songs, which he later imitated in his own books of verse, Echoes of Russian Song (1829) and Echoes of Czech Song (1839). ** František Jaromír Rubeš (1814–53) was a humorist. †† Karel Hynek Mácha (1810–36) was the first (and only) Czech Romantic poet. May (1836) is his greatest work. Where Is My Home? 7 smaller ornaments of this allegorical garden belong the “golden fortress,” symbolizing Josef Jungmann* and his dictionary. † Above him the “eagle” Kollár rises awakening the nation from the grave with his wings, and so on.

Along with Josef Dobrovský, he is considered to be a creator of the modern Czech language. ‡ Václav Hanka (1791–1861), a Czech writer and linguist, along with his friend Josef Linda (1792–1834) forged the so-called Zelenohorský and Královédvorský manuscripts, claiming they were medieval writings that demonstrated the noble lineage of Czech literature. See the chapter “Mystification and the Nation” in this book for more on this topic. † Dream of Europe 17 traditional European values. In fact, it personifies Europe in a more authentic and pure form, whereas modern Europe has abandoned these values.

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