Read Riot Days Online Free - A Pussy Rioter's riveting, hallucinatory account of her years in Russia's criminal system and of finding power in the most powerless of situations
In February 2012, after smuggling an electric guitar into Moscow's iconic central cathedral, Maria Alyokhina and other members of the radical collective Pussy Riot performed a provocative "Punk Prayer," taking on the Orthodox church and its support for Vladimir Putin's authoritarian regime.
For this, they were charged with "organized hooliganism" and were tried while confined in a cage and guarded by Rottweilers. That trial and Alyokhina's subsequent imprisonment became an international cause. For Alyokhina, her two-year sentence launched a bitter struggle against the Russian prison system and an iron-willed refusal to be deprived of her humanity. Teeming with protests and police, witnesses and cellmates, informers and interrogators, Riot Days gives voice to Alyokhina's insistence on the right to say no, whether to a prison guard or to the president. Ultimately, this insistence delivers unprecedented victories for prisoners' rights.
Evocative, wry, laser-sharp, and laconically funny, Alyokhina's account is studded with song lyrics, legal transcripts, and excerpts from her jail diary--dispatches from a young woman who has faced tyranny and returned with the proof that against all odds even one person can force its retreat.
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September 18, 2017
Now I know that 5 stars disguises the difficulties in the writing style and at times the lack of structure but it reflects more the person, that is Maria Alyokhina and her struggle inside the Russian penal system.
She came to my attention on Radio 2, when I caught the end of her interview with Jer...
August 06, 2017
'We wrote and, letter by letter, we became a revolutionary statement'
Arrested for 'hooliganism' in a Moscow cathedral, this is Alyokhina's account of her arrest, trial and 2-year imprisonment in penal camps in the Urals. Young, intellectual, self-aware, her writing is fragmented yet vivid, locati...
August 02, 2017
I got this book free from Netgalley for an honest review and is out on the 14th of September this year. I'm not sure if this was translated badly or just not edited well but this book is erratic to say the least. Beyond this, the story of Pussy Riot is still one that shocks me. I think this is a...
October 04, 2017
4.5 stars. Punchy, frank, and unapologetically angry. This is a big ol' feminist middle finger and I loved every word. Riot Days is structured fairly chaotically for a piece of non fiction, but rather than feeling disorienting, this works in its favour. Not neat, nor necessarily 'eloquent', it's...
October 08, 2017
This exhilarating, if somewhat fragmented and unstructured, book is feminist activist Maria Alyokhina’s account of her experiences with Punk rock group Pussy Riot from its founding in the winter of 2011-12 to the last day of her prison term in 2013. It’s a vivid indictment of Russian political re...
October 02, 2017
A riff on revolt.
This is an impressionistic account by Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina ('Masha') of her two-year incarceration as a political prisoner. In 2012, she and other band members smuggled a guitar into Moscow’s central cathedral to perform a protest song against the Orthodox church and its...
October 07, 2017
Maria Alyokhina is a Pussy Riot member who was sent to penal camps for two years after taking part in an infamous anti-Putin protest in a cathedral in Moscow. She writes about her arrest and later imprisonment, and what it is like to be an activist in a repressive state.
This book was utterly fas...
August 06, 2017
I loved this book. If you want to be inspired to take action against an oppressive political system, look no further. Alyokhina’s memoir reads like one long prose poem. Her words elicit strong emotions in the reader, outrage, a yearning for freedom, and a desire to rise up and join the revolution...
September 30, 2017
Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
Wow! This book is an incredible, riveting account of Maria 'Masha' Alyokhina's time in Pussy Riot and the events following the band's infamous protest performance in a Moscow church in 2012, including the trials of her incarceration.
A mix of autobiography, poe...
September 14, 2017
Way back in 2012, Pussy Riot hit the headlines. Doubtless assisted by their memorable name, this group of masked women interrupted a church service in Moscow to protest against Vladimir Putin. Three of the group were caught and put on trial, two of them were jailed.
This is the story of Maria Alyo...