Comradely Greetings: The Prison Letters of Nadya and Slavoj

Comradely Greetings: The Prison Letters of Nadya and Slavoj

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by Slavoj Zizek, Nadezhda Tololonnikova
     
 

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”We are the rebels asking for the storm, and believing that truth is only to be found in an endless search ... Two years of prison for Pussy Riot is our tribute to a destiny that gave us sharp ears, allowing us to sound the note A when everyone else is used to hearing G flat.”

In an extraordinary exchange of letters, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova,

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”We are the rebels asking for the storm, and believing that truth is only to be found in an endless search ... Two years of prison for Pussy Riot is our tribute to a destiny that gave us sharp ears, allowing us to sound the note A when everyone else is used to hearing G flat.”

In an extraordinary exchange of letters, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, imprisoned for taking part in Pussy Riot’s anti-Putin performance, and Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek discuss artistic subversion, political activism, and the future of democracy via the ideas of Hegel, Deleuze, Nietzsche, and even Laurie Anderson. 

Two radicals, one in a Russian forced labor camp, the other writing to her from far outside its walls, show passionately – across linguistic and generational divides – that “there is still a common cause worth fighting for.” Touching, erudite, and worldly, their correspondence unfolds with poetic urgency.

In association with Philosophie Magazine

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“An extraordinary exchange of letters.” —Guardian
Library Journal
11/01/2014
This short book consists of an exchange of letters between Tolokonnikova, a founder of the Russian "punk" rock group Pussy Riot and the Slovene philosopher and critic iek. The missives were written between August 2012 and March 2014, with Tolokonnikova writing from prison after her 2012 sentence for "hooliganism" following a Pussy Riot performance in a Russian Orthodox Church. Her account of forced labor is reminiscent of Soviet era dissidents ("Why I Am Going on Hunger Strike"), but both she and iek achieve a common vocabulary of neo-Marxist ideas which move from an abstraction of "global capitalism" to the quest for "dignity" that iek finds in opposition to globalization's consequences. The strength of the exchange lies in a common intellectual level that transcends each person's circumstance and their discussion of dissenters' current dilemmas. Tolokonnikova poignantly describes Pussy Riot as a "simplifying, modernizing mask that [like others] helps people of our generation to shake off cynicism and irony." VERDICT Regardless of one's attitude toward the authors' politics, the letters in this fascinating read help explain the vocabulary and sensibilities of current social protest.—Zachary Irwin, The Behrend Coll., Penn State Erie

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781781687734
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
09/30/2014
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
1,104,784
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.40(d)

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Nadya Tolokonnikova is a Russian conceptual artist, activist, and one of the founding members of Pussy Riot. Sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for her political activities, she was until recently held captive in a prison hospital in Siberia.

Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His books include Living in the End Times; First as Tragedy, Then as Farce; In Defense of Lost Causes; six volumes of the Essential Žižek; and many more.

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