From activist, Pussy Riot member and freedom fighter Maria Alyokhina, a raw, hallucinatory, passionate account of her arrest, trial and imprisonment in Siberian jail for standing up for what she believed in.
'One of the most brilliant and inspiring things I've read in years. Couldn't put it down. This book is freedom' Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick
'A women's prison memoir like no other! One tough cookie!' @MargaretAtwood
'Once you begin reading, you are completely disarmed, unable to put it down until the last page' Marina Abramovic
People who believe in freedom and democracy think it will exist forever.
That is a mistake. What happened in Russia - what happened to me - could happen anywhere.
When I was jailed for political protest, I learned that prison doesn't just teach you to follow the rules. It teaches you to think that you can never break them.
It's inevitable that the prison gates will open at some point. But this doesn't mean that you leave the 'prisoner' category and go straight into the category of 'the free'.
Freedom does not exist unless you fight for it every day.
This is the story about how I made a choice. Iconoclastic * Livres Hebdo * Fascinating and important ... What's most striking is its universality * Refinery 29 * Accessible and inspiring * Huck Magazine * One of the most brilliant and inspiring things I've read in years. Couldn't put it down. This book is freedom -- Chris Kraus, author of 'I Love Dick' Strong, brave, honest, touching, bitter and sad -- Vladimir Sorokin, master of contemporary Russian literature Alyokhina's eye for surreal detail gives Riot Days
a welcome dose of dark humor ... Through the chinks in the abusive system, Alyokhina glimpses human beings * The New York Times Book Review * [An] energetic and enjoyable prison diary ... A search for meaningful protest in an age in which presidents often appear to be playful performance artists -- Peter Pomerantsev * Spectator * Urgent and bold -- Anna Aslanyan * Financial Times * The literary equivalent of guerrilla street art -- Marc Bennetts * The Times * Riot Days
could so easily have been a straightforward, from-the-horse's-mouth confessional account of one of the most publicised political protests of recent years. Alyokhina takes on a far greater challenge: creating a text that is not just a reflection on a piece of art, but becomes one itself, and one that, in many places, lives up to her own criteria of protest: that it must be "desperate, sudden, and joyous" -- Rachel Hewitt * Guardian * In oppressive pol