The Palace of Dreams

A Novel

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About The Book

The mysterious palace of dreams stands at the heart of a vast empire. Inside, workers sift, sort, and interpret the dreams the empire’s citizens. They 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 Creams 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 sort of dreams that might ruin an entire family. A family like his own.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Arcade (April 15, 2014)
  • Length: 208 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781628723236

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Raves and Reviews

"Kadare's most daring novel, one of the most complete visions of totalitarianism ever committed to paper." —Jean-Christophe Castelli, Vanity Fair

"As an allegory of power, The Palace of Dreams is flawless. . . . In its terse geometry, Kadare has introduced a historical and intensely human sadness." —Los Angeles Times

"Kadare's most daring novel, one of the most complete visions of totalitarianism ever committed to paper." —Jean-Christophe Castelli, Vanity Fair

"As an allegory of power, The Palace of Dreams is flawless. . . . In its terse geometry, Kadare has introduced a historical and intensely human sadness." —Los Angeles Times

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