The Sultan of Byzantium
Publication Date: April 2013
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"Altun's prose has a dreamlike urgency"--John Ashbery
Fighting the Ottoman invaders in Constantinople, 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 emperor in line and that in order to take possession of his fortune he must carry out his ancestor's last wishes.
What follows is his journey to the heart of a mystery of epic historical significance.
Selcuk Altun was born in Artvin, Turkey in 1950. He is a retired banking executive, a bibliophile and philanthropist. His novels, "Songs My Mother Never Taught Me" and "Many and Many a Year Ago, " were listed amongst the top one hundred translated crime fiction by the International Association of Crime Writers. He lives in Istanbul, Turkey.
In The Sultan of Byzantium, Turkish author Selcuk Altun takes his hero into forgotten corners of the city, where once-majestic monuments go unnoticed amid the bustle of daily life. More at NPR.org
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