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Discover ‘Farewell Fountain Street’ with Selçuk Altun: Book Launch & Talk

May 20 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


“Farewell Fountain Street” – A novel by Selçuk Altun with a short discourse on “Why Godot Wouldn’t Come”

We are excited to invite you to an enchanting evening with celebrated Turkish author Selçuk Altun on May 20, 2024, at the Yunus Emre Institute. In collaboration with Saqi Books, this special event promises an intimate look into the creation of his latest literary masterpiece, “Farewell Fountain Street.”

Join us as Altun explores the intricacies of his newest work and reveals the inspiration behind its captivating title, “Why Godot Wouldn’t Come.” Experience the magic of storytelling as he guides us through the themes and characters that bring his novel to life. This is a rare chance to hear directly from the author about his writing journey, his creative process, and the unique messages that shape his narrative with profound literary messages embedded within its pages.

After the talk, you’ll have the opportunity to meet Selçuk Altun and get your discounted copy of “Farewell Fountain Street” personally signed. It’s an evening that promises to be as engaging as it is enlightening—perfect for literature lovers and publishers alike. Don’t miss this chance to dive into the world of one of Türkiye’s most acclaimed writers and enjoy a night of conversation, inspiration, and literary exploration. See you there!

‘A tantalising thriller’ – Jason Goodwin
‘Altun’s prose has a dreamlike urgency’ – John Ashbery
About the Book

Ziya Bey has six months left to live. From his mansion on Farewell Fountain Street, the Ottoman aristocrat plans to tie up some questionable business affairs and say goodbye to the people he cherishes. He hires Artvin, a disillusioned professor with a troubled past, to assist him. Intrigued by his employer’s mysterious household, Artvin spends the days uncovering Ziya Bey’s turbulent life story.

The two men become bound together as they reveal dark elements from their pasts. But when Ziya Bey releases Artvin from his duties sooner than expected, Artvin inherits a spiral of violence he cannot control.

In this gripping ride through the streets of Istanbul, two men learn one another’s secrets. But can either of them learn to live with themselves?


May 20
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Yunus Emre Instutute London
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