Canongate to publish Turkish author Altan

Canongate to publish Turkish author Altan

Canongate has signed a novel from bestselling Turkish author Ahmet Altan, the first time one of his books will be translated into English.

Publishing director Francis Bickmore signed world rights excluding Turkey and Greece from Levent Yilmaz. Rights have already been sold to HarperCollins Canada, and in other territories.

Endgame has sold more than 250,000 copies in Turkey. On the first page of the book, the narrator reveals he has killed some one, opening a story desire, ambition and death. It has been translated by Alexander Dawe.

Bickmore said: "Like a detective story turned on its head, Endgame is a sensual, compelling page-turner with echoes of Camus' The Outsider, Auster's The New York Trilogy and Marias' The Infatuations. Ahmet Altan is one of the most exciting international voices to have emerged in years."

Altan has released several bestselling and prize-winning novels in Turkey, and also edited an alternative newspaper that criticised military rule in the country.

Endgame will be published in August 2015.