“Although it offers an implicit critique of Turkey’s corrupt justice system, Endgame is also comic and charmingly absurd, largely due to the reckless efforts of its characters to get even.”
—The Washington Post
“Existential questions perfectly blended with atmosphere and rat-a-tat prose; highly recommended.”
—Library Journal (Starred Review)
"A gripping existential thriller in the vein of Vikram Chandra's Sacred Games (2006)."
"Atlan's work is at once atmospheric and distant [...]. Each of the threads are artfully crafted and do come together nicely by the end, as promised. Atlan's characters are, at times, difficult to penetrate, but his story is pointed, enigmatic, and difficult to forget."
"Endgame is a rare beast: a mystery adventure in the age of internet, of such intimately written humanity that it transcends genre, time and place. If Steinbeck had written The Godfather it might have read like this."
—DBC Pierre, author of Vernon God Little
"Endgame is deeply political. It is populated by characters who try to grab that hypothetical treasure on the hill and in so doing tear their local paradise apart. Altan has a deep understanding of what drives them on. It is all very serious but also great fun."
"A deeply compelling and immersive narrative about love, desire, loneliness and landscape. Ahmet Altan is one of the foremost voices in Turkish literature and has much to say to the world."
—Elif Shafak, author of The Bastard of Istanbul and The Architect's Apprentice
"Altan pushes the tropes of detective fiction into existentialist territory."
—The New Yorker, Briefly Noted
"An impassioned, captivating dance, a waltz between death and desire that does not release you for even a single moment."
—Philippe Sands, author of East West Street
"Endgame is a complex and immensely readable book—insightful, disturbing, irritating and riveting."
—Andrea Wulf, author of the Invention of Nature
"Extraordinary, delicious, wise."
—Linn Ullmann, author of The Cold Song
From the Back Cover
“The time has come to tell you what happened.”
From the opening pages of Ahmet Altan’s remarkable novel, you are drawn by its enigmatic narrator into a murder mystery that will have you guessing until its final pages. Superbly translated by Alexander Dawe, this detective story turned on its head is provocative, funny, playful and wise—a book that is as erotic as it is gripping.
Already published to great acclaim in Altan’s native Turkey, Endgame introduces a major international writer to readers in the English-speaking world. Reminiscent of the fiction of Calvino, Fitzgerald and Fowles, this is a novel of startling originality that tackles serious ideas with a delightful lightness of touch. And it is a reading experience that you are unlikely to ever forget.