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Mon, 10/04/2010 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Fatima Bhutto on her life and the politics of Pakistan

Hosts Celeste Carey and Cecil Prescod interview author, journalist and poet Fatima Bhutto about her new memoir, "Songs of Blood and Sword: A Daughter's Memoir," just out from Nation Books.

Fatima Bhutto is an Afghan-born Pakistani poet and writer. She studied at Columbia University, and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. Her work has appeared in The Daily Beast, New Statesman, and other publications. She currently lives in Karachi.

Ms Bhutto is a member of the most famous family in Pakistan. At three years old she witnessed the aftermath of her uncle's death by poisoning. When she was fourteen she hid her brother while her father was gunned down in the street. And in 2007 her aunt Benazir, whom she had publicaly accused of ordering her faher's murder, was assassinated in Rawalpindi.

Her memoir tells the story of a family of rich feudal landlords—the proud descendants of a warrior caste — who became power brokers in the newly created state of Pakistan. It is an epic tale full of the romance and legend of feudal life, the glamor and license of the international political elite and ultimately, the tragedy of four generations of a family defined by a political idealism that would destroy them.



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Poem by Fatima Bhutto

Fatima Bhutto is also a poet; her book Whispers in the Desert, written in 1998, has pieces that seem prophetic of the turmoil to come. I've posted one such poem, and my written homage, intended as a positive meditation on and invocation for the future of Pakistan. --Celeste Carey

Bullets riddle the air
Hate stalks
The streets
But sitting up high
They laugh
Nothing is wrong as long as I have power
Danger lurks around corners
Violence flows as freely as blood in the streets
Death is a part of everyday life
But those at top
Look down at the people and smile
Nothing is wrong
Nothing will go wrong as long as I have power
The city erupts, dissolves
The city collapses
But, at the top
They rejoice
They are in power
End 1995  Fatima Bhutto


 Truth pierces the air
Hope treads
The streets
Lifted up high
People pray
All wrong will be righted.
Danger still waits around corners
Violence still flows red and bold
Sudden death stands beside life
As red-handed leaders
Smirk at the people
Calm in ill-received power
But the city can erupt in a spasm
of birth, arise from the bottom
The top collapses to the molten core
While the people rejoice
They are in power.

October 2010, Celeste Carey




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