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3.26  ·  Rating details ·  364 ratings  ·  57 reviews
In this atmospheric and enigmatic literary noir, an unnamed writer visits a small town and finds himself involved in a mystery with existentialist implications.

A womanizing writer who has lived his entire life in the city retires to a sunbaked Turkish village. Instead of the quiet life he hoped for, he encounters a world of suspicion, paranoia, and violence. The town's may
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 18th 2017 by Europa Editions (first published April 1st 2013)
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Orsodimondo
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: turchia, noir
MA ORA SIAMO QUI, IN QUESTO MONDO

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Di spalle Toshiro Mifune, il samurai che sfida la cittadina giapponese.

Appena ho iniziato a leggere, e per tutto il tempo della lettura, ho sempre tenuto con me l’immagine di Toshiro Mifune che arriva nel villaggio di "Yōjinbō - La sfida del samurai", e di Clint Eastwood che entra nel paesello in groppa al suo mulo (Per un pugno di dollari): anche qui si comincia con uno straniero senza nome che arriva in un paese.
E anche questo paese, come quelli dei due film c
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Christian Westermann
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
This novel starts with a dilemma that slowly unravels in the nature of J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace: A Novel and Graham Greene's classic The Quiet American. Endgame is about a middle-aged writer who retreats to a Turkish town in the countryside as an escape from the hustle and bustle of living in the city for so long. On the way in he strikes up a relationship with a fragile girl named Xuhal. They continue to talk to one another through late night online chats and then meet regularly in public. As th ...more
Христо Блажев
Край на играта, край на играчите: http://knigolandia.info/book-review/k...

Досега гледах на турската литература през две призми – мелодраматичната “Любов” на Елиф Шафак, която четох преди няколко години и дори харесах (бях влюбен, не разумен човек тогаз), и “Името ми е Червен” на Орхан Памук, която зарязах след тегави петдесетина страница, толкова бавно и приказно се провлачваше, че просто не издържах. И когато зачетох Ахмет Алтан с “Край на играта”, изненадата ми бе пълна. Силен, дълбок, смислен
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Nicko D
Mar 12, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Изключително слаба книга! Ако не беше толкова тъпа, щях да съм я прочел отдавна, тъй като е новаторка и всяко ново изречение започва на нов ред!
"Край на играта" от Ахмет Алтан ми е първото и категорично турско разочарование! Историята е повече от слаба - писател-романист, отива в затънтено турско градче. Пък се влюбва в местната мома, пред очите му стават някакви убийства. Не спира да разказва за дебелите глезени и баджаци на домашната си слугиня и как ги видял изпод пеньоара й...
Една от истори
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Gulum Dagli
Apr 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
kitabın kurgusu değil, aynı anlama gelen ve birbirini tekrar eden cümleleri okumak yorucu. sayfa 264'teki gibi:

"hepsinde öldürülme korkusu vardı.
yoksullarda da aynı korku başlamıştı.
herkes vurulacağından korkuyordu"

evet, bunu ilk cümlede zaten söylemiştin. "hepsinde öldürülme korkusu var"mış; yani "herkes vurulacağından korkuyor"muş. best-seller okuyucusu bu tür vurgulara, tekrarlara alışıktır gerçi. beni geriyor.

ikinci söyleyeceğim biraz spoiler:

teyzesiyle seviştiğini söyleyen çocuğun hikayesi
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Mai Habeeb
I love his writing. I'd give five stars to his writing because it's bloody beautiful. The plot of this story though, it's kinda bleh. There was no suspense, no excitement. Nothing I really felt, anyway. Gave up halfway.
Daniel Polansky
A middle aged, not particularly successful writer moves from Instanbul to a small resort town on (presumably) the Black Sea and is destroyed by its erotic secrets and nefarious crime lords. At its core a solid if unspectacular crime novel in the James M Cain vain, its gussyed up with a lot of theological/philosophical ramblings which I confess I couldn’t quite feel were on par with, say, Ecclesiastes. Altan, also a journalist, is currently serving a life sentence basically for pissing off Turkey ...more
sidana
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yorgan altına giripte tüm gerçeklerle hala yüzleşemeyen nice Zuhal'lerle dolu bir hayatta yaşıyoruz..Ahmet Altan, çogumuzun içinde saklı hisleri ve Günahlarımızın bizleri nasıl kaynaştırdığını bence en uygun biçimde anlatmaya çalışmıs..güzel bir eser olmuş..

Benim isteklerimi engelleyecek veya sorgulayacak başka bir insanın başka bir iradenin yada başka bir isteğin varlığı hep beni tedirgin eder...

Tanrı, hep aynı emri verdi, "Şehvetten sakının," bu emre uyamadık, çelişkilerden hoşlanan Tanrı kend
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Ezgi
Jan 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
www.kitapezgisi.com

Ahmet Altan’a ait bir kitap ilk defa okudum. “Son Oyun” gayet başarılı bir kurgu, sürükleyici bir anlatım, merak uyandıran bir senaryoya sahip.

Yazarlık yapan ana karakter bir cinayet romanı yazmak için bir mekan ararken kendisini ilginç bir kasabada bulur. Burada yaşayan insanlar kasabaya ait dedikodular, entrikalar, kabadayılıklar ve varlığı meçhul hazineden oluşan mevzular ile kendi içlerinde bir düzen oturtmuşlardır. Ast – üst ilişkilerinin, güç kavgalarının kol gezdiği bu
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Didem Tapban
Uzun zamandır Altan okumamıştım, özlemişim, iyi bilir bir uçta kadını öbür uçta erkeği ve arasında kalan her şeyi anlatmayı... Yine yüreğimizin, beynimizin ve bedenlerimizin en gizli, derin köşelerinde saklı, sadece kendimiz ile konuşabileceğimiz bir çok duygu ve düşünceyi kaliteli bir anlatım dili ile kelimelere döküvermiş...
Ancak, bu nasıl bir kendini terar etmektir??? 400 sayfada anlatılan hikaye rahatlıkla 125-150 sayfada anlatılabilecekken ve hatta belki o şekli ile çok daha güçlü bir roman
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Andrew
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book opens with a man on a beach of a Turkish coastal town who is holding a gun having killed someone and he waiting for the repercussions which are more than likely going to be his death given what we subsequently learn about the events that lead to the situation and the volatile atmosphere.
The narrator then tells how he his a writer who retreats to the town to write, on the plane he meets and is attracted to Zuhal a woman who it transpires is the love of the towns mayor Mustafa. In the l
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M. Sarki
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Ahmet Altan knows how to write, but even the literary level he attains in this novel failed to keep me turning the page. Almost half way through I gave up my reading. Nothing of myself was invested in his story, there were no characters I felt emotionally attached to. There was no future for me and thus I saw no end. Limbo is where I should remain, and for eternity, if I remember anything at all about this fiction, might wish it may have been different.
LauraT
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Boring
Hananaki
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Αυτή ήταν μια ιδιάζουσα περίπτωση βιβλίου γιατί άλλαξα γνώμη αρκετές φορές καθώς το διάβαζα.Μέχρι τις πρώτες 50 σελίδες ήθελα να το παρατήσω, μέχρι τις 100 είπα ας του δώσω μια ευκαιρία για τις επόμενες 100 περίπου είχα ενθουσιαστεί και σκέφτηκα πως τελικά μπορεί να απογειωθεί αλλά δυστυχώς στο τέλος επιβεβαιώθηκε το αρχικό μου ένστικτο.

Νομίζω πως τελικά έχανε στην πλοκή , άσε που δεν συμπάθησα σχεδόν κανέναν χαρακτήρα.Επίσης με κούρασε απίστευτα η συνομιλία του συγγραφέα με το Θεό παρότι σαν εύ
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Danny Cerullo
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A middling writer finds himself living in a small town where two old, powerful families are fighting over a fabled treasure in an old church. The writer has an affair with the wives/girlfriends of the head of both families. This stuff is fairly standard, but it's the narrative asides of Ahmet Altan that make this book pop. He has long-winded conversations with God about the nature of free-will and novel writing. He accuses God of being a terrible writer, creating flawed characters and requiring ...more
Naile Berna
Okuduğuım ilk Ahmet Altan kitabı bu olmasaydı daha iyiydi sanki. Hayatın anlık kesitleri ve hislerine yönelik gözlemleri harika. Sürekli tanrıyla hesaplaşmalar, ve kader, günah gibi kavramları sorgulamalar da günümüz Türkiye’sinde cesaret isteyecek cinsten. (Bunca yıllık bır yazarlık kariyerinden sonra o kadarı da olsun.) Hatta bence daha da ileri gidip, bu tutarsızlıklardan mantık yoluyla, nasıl bir sonuca varılabileceğini de söyleseydi daha da iyi olabilirdi. Yalnızlık ve bağlılık arasındaki i ...more
Pammy-sue Jones
I received this book through Goodreads Giveaways.

There were parts of this book I found really intriguing - such as the friction between lead families within the village. However, the ranting internal monologues about and to God were truly tedious. Same for the numerous dysfunctional relations with women.

I did enjoy the style of the unreliable narrator (I felt the style was sometimes similar to Martin Amis). I dislike giving negative reviews but this book felt like it was going around in circles
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Sinem A.
May 20, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Maalesef Ahmet Altan'ın eski kitaplarının tadı yok. Hatta kitabı okuyup bitirdiğimde eski kitaplarına bi özlem duymadım değil. Olay örgüsü dil ikisi de zayıf kalmış. Sanki bir çok-satan yazmak istemiş de o da pek olmamış gibi. Güzel olmadığını söyleyebilirm. Altan ın kendine has tarzı da pek hissedilemiyor.
Zare
This one is 3.5 stars in my opinion but I am giving it greater mark than lower.

First to make one thing clear - this is not your standard thriller. This is more of a drama with criminal elements. Main character - writer seeking peace and comfort in secluded village in order to finish his new novel with hopes of becoming popular again - ends up in a very strange village controlled by feuding families. Out of pure curiosity he decides to stay in the village, move that will mark him forever.

Things e
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Celine Abuzahra
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, as it is something completely different to what I initially expected. It includes a lot of philosophy on life, it’s meaning and the idea of sins. It’s philosophical way of writing intrigued me and convinced me to keep on reading. I especially enjoyed the romance aspect to this book, regarding the triangle of lovers and the friendships formed (either good or bad). Also, the setting and description was lovely and well-written always. In addition, the idea of a town spir ...more
Joann
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some good characters and quotes - "Fear is the price you pay for pride...to be superior, you acquire things you do not need and then begin to fear losing them." The story jerks between life/death, happiness/suffering, reality/fantasy, passion/loyalty, solitude/society. The talks with God about writing the "book of life" annoyed me after a bit - repetitious and too 'precious.' To what lengths do we go to rationalize our selfish choices, instincts gone awry, abuse of others? I actually found it se ...more
Emily
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the book starting off, but then it got a little slow in the middle. The writing style is fascinating - switching between present, past, and then what seem like internal conversations with God (who is depicted as an author like the main character, which is an interesting concept). I will admit that some sections were hard to read visually because there was no capitalization and little punctuation (meant to be more chat room-esque), which is fine, but pages of it was a little hard on the e ...more
Alison Large
Aug 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Goodreads Giveaways winner- thank you!

Unfortunately neither the plot nor the characters captured my attention so I really struggled through reading this book. The relationships between characters did not ring true so I had little interest in what happened to them. All of the women in the book were objectified.
Michael
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Endgame” is an atmospheric and enigmatic Turkish literary noir, in which an unnamed writer visits a small town and finds himself embroiled in a world of lust, ambition, small-town politics, and death..
Coalbanks
"If Steinbeck had written The Godfather it would have read like this "(DBC Pierre), Yeah, maybe. If Phillip Roth or Kurt Vonnegut had written the sex/lust/love/romance parts. Didn't care for the tidy ending.
Rachel
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Reminded me a little of Jim Thompson's dark humor.
Sharon
May 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read about 120 pages and decided I wasn't in the mood to read it. However, it's well written and well translated.
Susan
Jul 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was intrigued in the beginning, liked how well the author created a sense of character and place, but disliked the several extemporaneous dialogues and chatting sequences.
Dilan Kılıç
Hikaye guzel ve sasirticiydi, fakat cok uzun olusu heyecani kacirdi biraz.
“Dunya hayati eglence ve oyundan baska bir sey degildir. “
Sunny
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Book would be great as a movie.
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He was born 1950 in Ankara, Turkey to the notable journalist and writer Çetin Altan as the first of two sons. His brother Mehmet Altan is also a journalist, writer and university professor of economy politics.
A working journalist for more than twenty years, he has served in all stages of the profession, from being a night shift reporter to editor in chief in various newspapers.
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“In the heart of every writer there lies a murderer.
Writers spend their lives struggling to conceal this murderous desire from other mortals.
Like God, they ruthlessly destroy the people of their own creation, drag them from one cruelty to another, meting out punishment, and with the callous indifference of a serial killer. And no one knows when he has taken a life from the solitude of his room. But when a writer is enraged the walls of his refuge come crumbling down, revealing his true identity.”
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