The Palace Of Dreams
Translated by Barbara Bray from the French version of the Albanian by Jusuf Vrioni
At the heart of the Sultan's vast empire stands the mysterious Palace of Dreams. Inside, the dreams of every citizen are collected, sorted and interpreted in order to identify the 'master-dreams' that will provide the clues to the Empire's destiny and that of its Monarch. An entire nation's consciousness is thus meticulously laid bare and at the mercy of its government...
The Palace of Dreams is Kadare's macabre vision of tyranny and oppression, and was banned upon publication in Albania in 1981.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - janerawoof - LibraryThing
Kadare's metaphor for a monolithic police state and its workings. Set in the late 19th century Ottoman Empire--I figured this out from several subtle hints in the novel--along with elements from the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - le.vert.galant - LibraryThing
This is a difficult to book to evaluate as it comes in English from Albanian via French, and I wonder if the extra translation step flattened the prose a bit. As it is, it reads as an extended ... Read full review