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 worlds 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 daughters love for her father and her search to uncover the truth of his life and death.
Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
Number of pages: 496
Weight: 757 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 38 mm
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.