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The Sultan of Byzantium
ISBN: 9781846591488
eISBN: 9781846591503
October 2012
13 x 20 cm
288 pages

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Selçuk Altun was born in Artvin, Turkey in 1950. He is a retired banking executive and bibliophile.

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The Sultan of Byzantium

Selçuk Altun

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Fighting the Ottoman invaders in Constantinople in 1453, Emperor Constantine XI was killed, his body never found.

Legend has it that he escaped in a Genoese ship, cheating certain death at the hands of the Turks and earning himself the title of Immortal Emperor.

Five centuries after his disappearance, three mysterious men contact a young professor living in Istanbul. Members of a secret sect, they have guarded the Immortal Emperor's will for generations. They tell him that he is the next Byzantine emperor and that in order to take possession of his fortune he must carry out his ancestor's last wishes.

The professor embarks on a dangerous journey, taking him to the heart of a mystery of epic historical significance.

The Sultan of Byzantium is a symbiosis of story and history and a homage to Byzantine civilisation.

It was longlisted for the Criticos Prize.

Translated by Clifford Endres and Selham Endres

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'This is a hugely enjoyable crash-course in imperial bloodbaths, plus a travelogue, interwoven with snippets of poetry. Never mind the treasure – it's the quest that matters' Independent

'Altun's prose has a dreamlike urgency' John Ashberry

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I always mentioned the Arabic origins of my name whenever I told it to someone and was embarrassed if anybody mispronounced the last syllable.

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