Songs of Blood and Sword: A Daughter's Memoir is an autobiography by Fatima Bhutto, daughter of Mir Murtaza Bhutto, which gives a detailed account of the night her father was murdered. Fatima, niece of the late Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, was 14 when on a cold September night in 1996, shots rang out in the dark outside their family home in Karachi. This incident started off a list of tragedies that befell the Bhutto dynasty. Songs of Blood and sword: A Daughter's Memoir is a story of a family of feudal landlords who became power brokers, and amidst the unrest a daughter's love for her father and her quest to reveal the truth behind his life and death.
The central theme of the novel revolves around intrigue, power, tragedies and human relationship. It retraces Fatima's family's turbulent time in politics: from the rise to power of Zulfikar Ali, her grandfather, and his tragic death at the hands of Zia Ul Haq to her father Mir Murtaza's assassination under her aunt Benazir's government in 1996 and later her own assassination in 2007. Written in a personal tone with strong reference to politics, Fatima never comes across vitriolic or even disingenuous. Her most strong political critique tells of her grief where she laments the injustices Pakistani people suffer in the hands of their ruler. Political but subtle, the book gives out an impression of a daughter merely trying to understand her own family.
Fatima Bhutto is a notable Pakistani writer and poet who shot to fame with her first book Whispers of the Desert- A Collection of Poems. Fatima's second book, 8:50 a.m. 8 October 2005, also was critically acclaimed. Bhutto addresses difficult topics and also interviews sworn enemies of her family for a larger perspective on the situation.
The paperback edition of the book Songs of Blood and Sword: A Daughter's Memoir is available online with the ISBN-10 number of 0143416901 and ISBN-13 number of 978-0143416906.