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Ahmet Altan

Ahmet Altan

Ahmet Altan, one of today’s most important Turkish writers, was arrested in September 2016 for his work as a journalist. An advocate for Kurdish and Armenian minorities and a central figure in the Turkish cultural world (Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk has written about his arrest and signed a open letter calling for his release), he is the author of five successful novels. The first, published when he was twenty-seven years old, won the Grand Prix from the Akademi Publishing House. In 2009 he received the prestigious Freedom and Future of the Media Prize from the Media Foundation of Sparkasse Leipzig and in 2011 he received the International Hrant Dink Award. The international bestseller Endgame is his English-language debut.

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February 16
A Turkish court has sentenced author and journalist Ahmet Altan to life in prison, at the conclusion of a months-long trial that has garnered the attention of press freedom advocates the world over.

Latest reviews

  • “[A] bold metaphysical thriller, critical not only of ruthless politicians, but also, arguably, of God himself.”
    — Rain Taxi, Nov 28 2017
  • “. . . Altan deftly pushes the tropes of detective fiction into existentialist territory.”
    — The New Yorker, May 29 2017
  • “Alexander Dawe's English translation of ‘Endgame’ brings a major international writer to an American audience for the first time.”
    — The Washington Post, Apr 28 2017
  • “Stylish, inventive, and deliciously dark, Altan's U.S. debut is both an absorbing thriller and an intensive novel of ideas; no wonder he's an award-winning and best-selling author in his native Turkey.”
    — Library Journal (Starred Review), Apr 1 2017
  • “Altan's story is pointed, enigmatic, and difficult to forget.”
    — Publishers Weekly, Feb 20 2017
  • “A gripping existential thriller in the vein of Vikram Chandra’s ‘Sacred Games’ (2006).”
    — Kirkus Reviews, Feb 6 2017

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