Ismail Kadare The Palace of Dreams

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The 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.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French

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Kadare, Ismail
Published by Harvill Press, London (1993)
ISBN 10: 0002712288 ISBN 13: 9780002712286
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Book Description Harvill Press, London, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. Hardcover. Good condition. First U.K. edition. A novel written in Albanian and translated from the French of Jusuf Vrioni by Barbara Bray. Minor edge-wear and several scores and bumps on dust jacket. Jacket spine ends are worn and rubbed. Minor wear on jacket leading corners. Upper leading corner of front flap is creased. Rear board is a little warped. Hardcover spine head is bumped. Binding is sound, pages are clean, and the text is clear. AF. Used. Bookseller Inventory # 457402

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