Songs of Blood and Sword by Fatima Bhutto
A Daughter's Memoir

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In September 1996, fourteen-year-old Fatima Bhutto hid in a windowless dressing room, shielding her baby brother, while shots rang out in the dark outside the family home in Karachi. This was the night her father Murtaza was murdered. It was the latest in a long line of tragedies for one of the world’s best-known political dynasties.

Songs of Blood and Sword tells the story of a family of feudal landlords who became powerbrokers. It is an epic tale of intrigue, the making of modern Pakistan, and ultimately, tragedy. A searing testament to a troubled land, Songs of Blood and Sword reveals a daughter’s love for her father and her search to uncover the truth of his life and death.

 

About Fatima Bhutto

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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.
 
Published September 6, 2011 by Nation Books. 499 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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If Bhutto is tough on certain family members, she is equally so on her country, “a nuclear-armed state that cannot run refrigerators,” and on its largest city, Karachi, “overcrowded, underdeveloped, and poor,” with a police force “perpetually violent and corrupt.” According to the author, the Uni...

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Fatima Bhutto was 14 years old when her father, Mir Murtaza, was shot dead by police after a gun battle outside his Karachi home in 1996.

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"Bhuttos very rarely, even then, died natural deaths," Bhutto writes, speaking of her great-great-grandfather.

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If you were or are a Bhutto, it is even more frightening—the author is presently living in the same home in which she was raised.There is some interesting background about the history of the Bhutto family and how they came into their money, not to mention the way her grandfather and father became...

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As his granddaughter Fatima writes, "Zulfikar condemned Pakistan's 'monstrous economic system of loot and plunder' that guaranteed that the rich few (twenty-one families at the time of Partition, twenty-seven families by the millennium) got richer while the poor of Pakistan sunk into desperate po...

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BookRack

This time it is Murtaza the magna cum laude from Harvard, heir apparent to the throne who is supposed to capture the public’s imagination, not Murtaza — the fearsome don.

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Mumbai Boss

The rest of the book is more subtly political, with Bhutto often sounding like a daughter who seeks merely to understand her own family.

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