New Kings of the World

New Kings of the World
Dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi, and K-Pop

A vast cultural movement is emerging from outside the Western world. Truly global in its range and allure, it is the biggest challenge yet to Hollywood, McDonald’s, blue jeans, and other aspects of American mass-produced popular culture. This is a book about the new arbiters of mass culture ―India’s Bollywood films, Turkey's soap operas, or dizi, and South Korea's pop music. Carefully packaging not always secular modernity, combined with traditional values, in urbanized settings, they have created a new global pop culture that strikes a deeper chord than the American version, especially with the many millions who are only just arriving in the modern world and still negotiating its overwhelming changes.

Fatima Bhutto, an indefatigable reporter and vivid writer, profiles Shah Rukh Khan, by many measures the most popular star in the world; goes behind the scenes of Magnificent Century, Turkey’s biggest dizi, watched by more than 200 million people across 43 countries; and travels to South Korea to see how K-Pop started. Bhutto's book is an important dispatch from a new, multipolar order that is taking form before our eyes.

 

Published with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

 

New Kings of the World
  • ISBN: 978-1-7336237-0-4
  • Price: $15.99
  • E-Book price: $15.99
  • E-book ISBN: 978-1-7336237-1-1
  • On Sale: September 24, 2019
  • Pages: 207

Advance Praise

“A probing look at some of the shifting tides of global culture. Having borne witness to the throes of political upheaval in her birth country of Pakistan, journalist and novelist Bhutto here explores the local roots and global impact of three contemporary pop-culture game-changers: Bollywood (India), dizi (Turkey), and K-Pop. Many American readers may be surprised to learn that what’s entertaining much of the rest of the world no longer hails from Hollywood or New York….Witty and packed with detail, this is an intercultural shot that should be heard around the world.”—Kirkus ★ starred review

"Fatima Bhutto doesn’t miss a thing. From the Bollywood fan clubs of Lima to the refugee camps of northern Lebanon, she records and observes the terrain of global pop with curiosity, compassion, scalpel-sharp smarts, quiet humor, and an unfailing eye for the absurd. New Kings of the World is cultural reporting at its best."—Ben Ehrenreich

 

 

 

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About the author

Fatima Bhutto
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Fatima Bhutto was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and grew up between Syria and Pakistan. She is the author of five previous 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 book is The Runaways, a novel.

She graduated from Barnard with a degree in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures and has a masters in South Asian Government and politics from SOAS. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @fbhutto.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fatima Bhutto at The Strand (in conversation with Alexander Chee)

Fatima Bhutto at The Strand (in conversation with Alexander Chee)

Thursday, September 26, 2019
7:00pm — 8:00pm

The Strand Bookstore
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Fatima Bhutto at Uncle Bobbie's Books

Saturday, September 28, 2019
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Fatima Bhutto at Politics & Prose

Fatima Bhutto at Politics & Prose

Sunday, September 29, 2019
1:00pm — 2:30pm

Politics and Prose Bookstore
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Fatima Bhutto at the Asia Society (in conversation with Nermeen Shaikh)

Fatima Bhutto at the Asia Society (in conversation with Nermeen Shaikh)

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
6:30pm — 8:00pm

Asia Society & Museum
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New York, NY 10021

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Fatima Bhutto at the World Affairs Council | Houston, TX

Fatima Bhutto at the World Affairs Council | Houston, TX

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
7:00pm — 8:30pm

Houston, TX

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Fatima Bhutto at Vroman's Bookstore

Fatima Bhutto at Vroman's Bookstore

Thursday, October 3, 2019
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Vroman's Bookstore
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Fatima Bhutto at Powell's City of Books

Fatima Bhutto at Powell's City of Books

Sunday, October 6, 2019
7:30pm — 9:00pm

Powell's City of Books
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Portland, OR 97209

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Fatima Bhutto at the Elliott Bay Book Co. (in conversation with Lt.-Gov. Cyrus Habib)

Fatima Bhutto at the Elliott Bay Book Co. (in conversation with Lt.-Gov. Cyrus Habib)

Monday, October 7, 2019
7:00pm — 8:30pm

The Elliott Bay Book Company
1521 10th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

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Fatima Bhutto at the Harvard Book Store

Fatima Bhutto at the Harvard Book Store

Wednesday, October 9, 2019
7:00pm — 8:00pm

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA

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