Review: Ismail Kadare’s “The Palace of Dreams”

by writereaderly

ismail kadare the palace of dreamsBook two of my Kadare experiment. The Palace of Dreams is Kadare’s version of living and operating within the mechanisms of a totalitarian State; the novel was banned upon publication in Albania in 1981. It examines the pseudo-Ottoman Empire’s Palace of Dreams which collects, catalogues, analyses and responds to the meanings of the citizenry’s dreams – especially those which threaten the Empire’s future. The novel traces the path of Mark-Alem, scion of Albania’s prestigious (and historical) Quprili family, as he moves upward through the Palace hierarchy. Interesting, a fair representation of a dystopian novel; perhaps I’d already read enough of the genre, though, as I didn’t gain any particular insights from this one.

Where it came from: CP’s bookshelf
Time and manner of reading:
An evening armchair gulp
Where it went: Home
Reminds me of/that: Jose Saramago’s bureaucratic nightmares
Who I’d recommend it to:
Cultural explorers
Also reading: Being Alive edited by Neil Astley