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Shadow of the Crescent Moon

by Fatima Bhutto

PUBLISHED: 27th February 2014
ISBN: 9780241965627
ANNOTATION:
Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan's Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. The second, a doctor, goes to check in at his hospital. His troubled wife does not join the family that morning.
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PUBLISHED: 27th February 2014
ISBN: 9780241965627
ANNOTATION:
Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan's Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. The second, a doctor, goes to check in at his hospital. His troubled wife does not join the family that morning.

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Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan's Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. The second, a doctor, goes to check in at his hospital. His troubled wife does not join the family that morning.

Publisher Description

Fatima Bhutto's stunning debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan's Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border.

Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. The second, a doctor, goes to check in at his hospital. His troubled wife does not join the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. And the youngest, the idealist, leaves for town on a motorbike. Seated behind him is a beautiful, fragile girl whose life and thoughts are overwhelmed by the war that has enveloped the place of her birth.

Three hours later their day will end in devastating circumstances.

The Shadow of the Crescent Moon chronicles the lives of five young people trying to live and love in a world on fire. Individuals are pushed to make terrible choices. And, as the events of this single morning unfold, one woman is at the centre of it all.

'A first novel of uncommon poise and acuity, The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is set in an old and protracted war for land and dignity. But its swift and suspenseful narrative describes a fiercely contemporary battle in the human heart: between the seductive fantasy of personal freedom and the tenacious claims of family, community and history.' Pankaj Mishra

Fatima Bhutto was born in Kabul, grew up in Damascus, and lives in Karachi. This is her first novel.

Author Biography

Fatima Bhutto was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and grew up between Syria and Pakistan. She is the author of six books of fiction and nonfiction. Her debut novel, The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, was long listed for the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction and the memoir about her father's life and assassination, Songs of Blood and Sword, was published to acclaim. Her most recent novel, The Runaways, was long listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. New Kings of the World, a non-fiction look at global pop culture, is her most recent book. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @fbhutto.

Review

Thought-provoking. Above all, what The Shadow of the Crescent Moon captures so well is not just the trauma of war, but also the conflicts of contemporary Pakistanis, torn between remaining faithful to the legacy of previous generations, and their own dreams of choosing their own destiny Sunday Telegraph The novel is set over the course of one morning in a small town in Pakistan's tribal regions (and) follows the story of three brothers who are forced to make difficult choices. But the heart of the novel, for Bhutto, lies in the female characters Observer It's a heart-stopping thriller, as well as an important political commentary about oppression, occupation and war. Most strikingly, though, it's a devastating love story -- Jemima Khan New Statesman 'Books of the Year' This is (...) a human story, with love as well as ideology - Bhutto blends the two adroitly (and) writes with great poignancy, keeping the emotional pitch high Financial Times An extraordinary first novel which reads like a politico-religious thriller. Compelling. -- Hector Abads A first novel of uncommon poise and acuity, The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is set in an old and protracted war for land and dignity. But its swift and suspenseful narrative describes a fiercely contemporary battle in the human heart: between the seductive fantasy of personal freedom and the tenacious claims of family, community and history -- Pankaj Mishra [Explores] the divisive split between those suffering from the direct consequences of war and a generation of unaware, complacent young Pakistanis Evening Standard Powerful, compelling, moving inexorably to a devastating conclusion Sunday Express Concise, elegant. Bhutto is a gifted and compelling writer, economically and poetically summoning up this beautiful mountainous backwater Mail on Sunday Stunningly worded Company Magazine Incredibly ambitious, extremely powerful and moving Radio 4 Stunning . . . Few debut novels can adequately explore such colossal themes as betrayal and allegiance, or persuasively render fear, doubt and determination The National Bhutto writes of an extraordinary place where beauty lives alongside brutality, with superb poise and a kind of defiant lyricism The Times

Product Details

Author
Fatima Bhutto
Year
2014
ISBN-10
0241965624
ISBN-13
9780241965627
Media
Book
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Publication Date
2014-02-27
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Pages
240
Format
Paperback
Short Title
The Shadow of the Crescent Moon
Language
English
Subtitle
A Novel
Audience
General/Trade