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The Sultan of Byzantium

Catherine McKimm

Book Club: Reading Turkey in English

”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.”

Translated from the Turkish by Selhan and Clifford Endres, Selçuk Altun’s novel The Sultan of Byzantium will be our Book Club’s May book. Reading it will give us an opportunity to honor the memory of Selhan Endres, whose husband Clifford is a member of our club.

Catherine McKimm: An avid reader, reluctant lawyer, committed teacher and published author. Mother of four, married to a fabulous cook, she loves eating but not cooking. Born in Sydney, Australia, and based, for now, in wonderful Istanbul, she is a dedicated world traveller and loves to experience the different cultures and people that make this planet such an inspiring place to live. 

Catherine McKimm: İştahlı bir okur, gönülsüz bir avukat, kendini işine adamış bir eğitmen ve yazar. Dört çocuk annesi, mükemmel bir aşçının eşi. Şu sıralarda İstanbul’u mesken tutmuş Sydney doğumlu bir dünya gezgini.

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