A young man who learned how to save memories for difficult times when he was a little boy, Arab Aunt Hatçam, Barber Kazım, those who pass by, those who came to stay and those who leave… In this neighborhood where stories are chasing each other, roofs collapse inside, stories are windswept and even a clarinet can shatter the world!

Short stories by Ahmet Büke, storyteller of contemporary Turkish literature, published every Monday in his page “Social Details Encyclopedia” on ON8 Blog were compiled once again in this 2nd yet stand-alone new book. This journey, started with I’m Good For Me, Too, winner of the Dünya Kitap 2015 Best Collection Award, continues with the new book Secret Lovers Society.  This exclusive collection of stories is a selection of 24 funny, sad, weird and even surreal short stories and is about the wound as well as the cure.


Two things keep us alive: satiety and fervency. I grounded my survival on these. And their roots were going back to two old men. I’m calling them old but as I grew older myself, I’ve come to realize that the state of being old is just a phase.

When I was younger, I was thinking everyone including myself was old: My grandfather, my grandmother, artichokes, cats, stars, nice weather and cruel cold weather were all old for me. Then I noticed one day that even mothers and fathers were once young.

Death was supposed to come later in life. But in our house, it was within everyone’s grasp.


Ahmet Büke

Born in Manisa in 1970, Ahmet Büke won the 2008 Oğuz Atay Story Prize and the 2011 Sait Faik Story Award. The stories of Bedo, which he started writing under the title Bedo’s Books on ON8 Blog, turned into his first novel Our State Is Deep (2013). Ahmet Büke keeps writing on ON8 Blog as well as other blogs. He lives in İzmir.

Other Books

3rd edition

İnsan Kendine De İyi Gelir

Social Details Encyclopedia: I’m Good for Me, Too
Ahmet Büke
2nd edition

Mevzumuz Derin

Our State Is Deep
Ahmet Büke