“The Peace Machine” – Özgür Mumcu (Trans. Mark David Wyers)

“A dark funny absurdist romp” – SFX

“We’ll create a machine. A peace machine that will put an end to all wars. What if conflict were not inevitable? What if a machine could exploit the latest developments in electromagnetic science to influence people’s minds? What if such a machine could put an end to violence for ever?

This wonderfully original Ottoman steampunk novel is both a rollicking historical adventure story and an incredibly powerful and important book for our times ” (Pushkin Press, 2018).

“As the twentieth century dawns the world stands on the brink of yet another bloody war. But what if conflict were not inevitable? What if a machine could exploit the latest developments in electromagnetic science to influence people’s minds? And what if such a machine could put an end to violence for ever?

The search for the answer to these questions will lead our hero Celal away from his unassuming life as an Istanbul-based writer of erotic fiction, and on a quest across a continent stumbling headlong towards disaster from Istanbul to Paris and Belgrade, as he struggles to uncover the mystery of The Peace Machine before time runs out for humanity” (Pushkin Press, 2018).

Özgür Mumcu is a Turkish author, free speech activist and journalist working for the Cumhuriyet newspaper in Turkey. In 2016 he accepted a Right Livelihood award on the newspaper’s behalf for its “fearless investigative journalism and commitment to freedom of expression in the face of oppression, censorship, imprisonment and death threats”. The Peace Machine is his first novel.