“Home Not At Home”


After Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was ousted and executed by General Muhammad Zia ul-Haq, his son Murtaza went into exile and organized a resistance from the UK, Syria, and Afghanistan, where his daughter Fatima Bhutto was born. Bhutto documented her childhood in her 2011 memoir, Songs of Blood and Sword. In the most recent issue of ZZYZZYVA, Bhutto returns to Kabul, trading memoir for short fiction. In “Kabul,” Bhutto weaves together themes of home, belonging, love, family, and exile, writing about Soraya, a woman whose pregnancy roots her companion Sheryar firmly in Kabul, despite the fact that he loves a woman elsewhere.

Sam Metz is a writer living in Morocco on a Fulbright. His reporting and criticism has appeared or is forthcoming in The Nation, Public Books, Lit Hub and Muftah. He formerly worked on the editorial team at The Nation. More from this author →