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The Shadow of the Crescent Moon

GUEST: Fatima Bhutto, journalist, poet and writer, author of a number of books including Songs of Blood and Sword, and her latest, The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, a novel…

The North West Frontier Province is a name that began being bandied about in Western media after the September 11th attacks. It is a mysterious region in the rugged mountainous border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan where tribal communities rule themselves, and into which extremist groups like Al Qaeda and the Taliban moved in and out, taking advantage of favorable social and political conditions.

It is an area that the US has repeatedly bombed with drones, and that the Pakistani Army has laid siege to. It is also an area that provides a troubled backdrop to a new novel by Fatima Bhutto, the talented journalist and author, whose earlier book is Songs of Blood and Sword.

Bhutto is also a poet and political columnist. She happens to be the niece of the assassinated former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, and the granddaughter of former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Her new book is called The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, a novel about three brothers living in the town of Mir Ali in Waziristan, Northwest Pakistan, who have differing aspirations for their future.

The Financial Times called it “a human story, with love as well as ideology.” I’m very pleased to welcome Fatima Bhutto to Uprising! We had you on our show in 2010 about your earlier book Songs of Blood and Sword so it’s great to have you back on with your new book!


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GUEST:…Fatima Bhutto also happens to be the niece of the assassinated former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, and the granddaughter of former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.