Songs of Blood and Sword (Hardcover)
A Daughter's Memoir
Nation Books, 9781568586328, 496pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2010
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From one of the world’s most famous political dynasties, a sensational new literary voice tells the heartbreaking and revelatory tale of the family that shaped Pakistan
About the Author
Fatima Bhutto studied at Columbia University and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. An acclaimed poet and journalist, she currently writes columns for the Daily Beast, New Statesman, and other publications. She lives in Karachi.
Praise For Songs of Blood and Sword: A Daughter's Memoir…
William Dalrymple, Financial TimesSir Bob Geldof
“Moving, witty . . . a uniquely fascinating, wonderfully well-constructed memoir.”
“The Bhuttos are an Asian Borgia or Plantagenet dynastic family. This then is an important and timely book offering a rare insight into the violent world of Pakistani politics told by a direct witness. It’s also the story of a daughter’s love for her murdered father and many other members of her family. Power not only corrupts—it kills.” The Independent
“A story with dazzling twists and turns told by a true-blue member of the Bhutto fold.” Irish Times
“Political intrigue, administrative corruption and widespread avarice, refracted through a narrative of family history and sibling hostilities, make Songs of Blood and Sword
read like a darker version of Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy
.” Charles Glass, former ABC News Chief Middle East Correspondent, author of Tribes with Flags and Americans in Paris: Life and Death Under Nazi Occupation.
"Fatima Bhutto writes a compelling account that is both political and personal. Her life is proof that in Pakistan, torn apart by American diktat and local avarice, the political is the personal. Her passion and integrity ring out on every page. If you don't understand what is happening to Pakistan and Afghanistan, you soon will." Roderick Matthews, The Guardian
“In clear and unpretentious prose [Songs of Blood and Sword
] gives a vivid impression of the brutal and corrupt world of Pakistani power politics, which has resulted in the violent deaths of four members of the Bhutto dynasty in the past thirty-one years.”