Nov 16 2017

Washington Post lists Ahmet Altan's “Endgame” among 50 notable works of fiction of 2017

Jailed Turkish writer Ahmet Altan's novel “Endgame” is featured in The Washington Post's "50 notable works of fiction in 2017".

Endgame is one of four translated works of fiction to make it to the list, alongside David Grossman's “A Horse Walks Into a Bar” in Hebrew, Minae Mizumura's “Inheritance From Mother” and Haruki Murakami's “Men Without Women”, both in Japanese.

Written in 2013 Ahmet Altan's book sold more than 250,000 copies in Turkey, and was translated into English by Alexander Dawe in April.

"Much of the destruction of 'Endgame' is generated by the corrupt mayor and a local crime boss and their diminishing armies of men,” Nathan Scott McNamara wrote in the Washington Post. “Although it offers an implicit critique of Turkey’s corrupt justice system, 'Endgame’ is also comic and charmingly absurd."

Ahmet Altan was jailed in September 2016 on charges of "committing crimes on behalf of terrorist organisation" for alleged links to the Gülen movement blamed for last year’s failed coup. He denies the charges and his trial is ongoing.