It is difficult, if not impossible, to imagine, for instance, the history of literary fiction in English coming […]
Bhutto is among 20 women on the long list for the award, which was formerly known as the Orange prize and is open to English-language novels from anywhere in the world.
She is nominated for “The Shadow of the Crescent Moon”, her first attempt at fiction following several fact-based books, including a memoir of her family’s blood-soaked history.
Pakistani author interviewed in The Tribune
Not soon after her much-criticised interview, in which she claimed that eating in restaurants and lingering in bookstores are “forbidden luxuries” in Pakistan, appeared in the London Evening Standard, Fatima Bhutto spoke at the London School of Economics (LSE) to a full house about her new book, titled The Shadow of the Crescent Moon. Waziristan, a region the host of the event described as a twilight zone between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and one that is in the news for all the wrong reasons, is the setting of her latest novel.
In this book, possibly because it is literary fiction and her debut in the genre too, Fatima Bhutto […]
Novelist talks about ‘strong’ Pakistani women who inspired her and on rumours of Bollywood calling: Gulf News “Writing […]
Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel, The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, is populated by unforgettable characters: The Hindustan Times
Strong women characters, poetic language that the Indian reader subconsciously, rather absurdly, believes would sound thrilling in Urdu (like a lyric from a classic Bollywood film miraculously found in translation), and a plot that careens towards a grand blood-spattered disaster: The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, Fatima Bhutto’s debut fiction work is like many other recent novels that have emerged from Pakistan.
Indeed, the reader is apt to wonder if, by some inexplicable fictional twist, she has wandered into a mashup of Mohsin Hamid’s Moth Smoke and The Reluctant Fundamentalist set this time in Waziristan because Punjab has, well, been done to death.
Fatima Bhutto refuses to participate in the perpetuating of dynasty. Writing fiction, she tells Shougat Dasgupta, is her politics, her […]
When it comes to literature, the terms “utopia” and “dystopia” are typically associated with the fantasy or science fiction genres. In an increasingly technology-saturated and borderless world, however, where what was once science fiction is now simply science, and fantasy is often rapidly transformed into reality, such delineations may no longer apply.
Rather, ideas on what makes a utopian or dystopian society have long permeated discussions on culture, national identity and government.
Hence, this year’s Singapore Writers Festival’s (SWF) theme, “Utopia/Dystopia”, seems quite astute, both from a marketing point of view and as a genuinely relevant area to explore. On a practical level, the theme allows the festival organisers to include, in what is perceived as a more “literary” event, more popular genres such as crime and fantasy.
18 authors on being 18: The Outlook Outlook magazine asked 18 top authors to write about being 18, […]
Literary heavyweights such as Chinese Nobel Laureate Gao Xingjian and top contemporary novelists such as Mohsin Hamid and Nadeem Aslam (Pakistan/UK) have been confirmed as authors participating in this year’s Singapore Writers Festival.
The organizers have unveiled the full list of authors and speakers for this year’s festival.