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