Ismail Kadare Palace of Dreams

ISBN 13: 9780099518273

Palace of Dreams

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“Spare, suspenseful, and quietly terrifying, this is a novel that many would call Kafkaesque. . . . In The Palace of Dreams Kadare has composed a remarkable literary work of international stature."—Wall Street Journal

The mysterious Palace of Dreams stands at the heart of a vast but fragile Balkan empire. Inside, workers assiduously sift, sort, classify, and ultimately interpret the dreams of the empire’s citizens. The workers search out Master-Dreams that will provide clues to the destiny of the empire and its Sultan. Mark-Alem, scion of a noble family that has provided viziers to the Sultan from time immemorial, and whose power the Sultan distrusts, is recruited into the Palace of Dreams at the humblest level.

He immediately feels the terrible pressure that drives his coworkers, the dread of overlooking a crucial dream whose capture and interpretation might avert political disaster. But he rapidly rises through the hierarchy—only barely finding his bearings in one section of the Palace’s labyrinthine passages that represent the entire empire’s consciousness laid bare before he is promoted to another. And the pressure only increases as he becomes familiar with the fates of subversive dreamers and personally responsible for the sorts of dreams that might ruin an entire family. A family like his own with this beautifully bound hardcover edition, The Palace of Dreams is powerfully imagined and beautifully written, a national classic from one of Albania’s premiere literary voices.

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About the Author:

Ismail Kadare, Albania’s best known poet and novelist, won the inaugural Man Booker International Prize in 2005. His most recent novel, The Successor, was named a New York Times Notable Book, and was a Financial Times Best Fiction pick. He lives in Paris and Albania.

Barbara Bray has twice won the Scott Moncrief Prize for her translations, as well as the French-American Foundation Prize. She has collaborated with Harold Pinter and Joseph Losey on a film adaptation of Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu. She passed away in 2010.

Language Notes:

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

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