Riot Days
Maria Alyokhina

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Narrated By: Kate Lock

Duration: 6 hours and 44 minutes

What to expect

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Riot Days by Maria Alyokhina, read by Kate Lock.

From activist, Pussy Riot member and freedom fighter Maria Alyokhina, a raw, hallucinatory, passionate account of her arrest, trial and imprisonment in a penal colony in the Urals 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

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.

We are all Pussy Riot.
And actions break fear.

'To Back Down an Inch is to Give Up a Mile'.

Genre

Memoirs, Autobiography: historical, political & military, Pressure groups, protest movements & non-violent action, Feminism & feminist theory, Political corruption, Human rights, civil rights

Listen to a sample

Strong, brave, honest, touching, bitter and sad

Vladimir Sorokin, master of contemporary Russian literature

The literary equivalent of guerrilla street art

The Times

Accessible and inspiring

Huck Magazine

Reading: RIOT DAYS, by #PussyRiot member MariaAlyokhina. A women's prison memoir like no other! One tough cookie!

@MargaretAtwood

A future cult classic

Vogue

In oppressive political systems, some of the most effective weapons are sarcasm and dark humour. It is exactly these weapons that are employed by Masha Alyokhina in the brilliantly written Riot Days. Once you begin reading, you are completely disarmed, unable to put it down until the last page

Marina Abramovic

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'

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

Iconoclastic

Livres Hebdo

Urgent and bold

Financial Times

Fascinating and important ... What's most striking is its universality

Refinery 29

[An] energetic and enjoyable prison diary ... A search for meaningful protest in an age in which presidents often appear to be playful performance artists

Spectator

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

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"