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The Palace of Dreams de Ismail Kadare
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The Palace of Dreams (original: 1981; edição: 1998)

de Ismail Kadare

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At the heart of the Sultan?s vast but fragile empire stands the mysterious Palace of Dreams- the most secret and powerful Ministry ever invented. Its task is to scour every town, village and hamlet to collect the citizens? dreams, then to sift, sort and classify them, and ultimately to interpret them, in order to identify the "master-dreams" that will provide the clues to the Empire?s destinies and those of its Monarch. An entire nation?s consciousness is thus tapped into and meticulously laid bare in the form of images and symbols of the dreaming mind.Kadare?s Palace of Dreams stands as the symbol of the thought-police who have, through history, been the most effective instruments of oppression at the service of dictators.… (mais)
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Título:The Palace of Dreams
Autores:Ismail Kadare
Informação:Arcade Publishing (1998), Paperback, 208 pages
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Kadare's metaphor for a monolithic police state and its workings. Set in the late 19th century Ottoman Empire--I figured this out from several subtle hints in the novel--along with elements from the late 20th century, this novel tells of a young man, Mark Alem, who is employed by the Palace of Dreams, the author's surreal intelligence agency, where dreams from all over the empire are collected, sorted, interpreted, with an eye to discovering which might be a "Master-Dream" pointing to a possible coup or other upheaval in the State. When one is discovered, the sultan's secret police can nip a possible plot in the bud and do away with any perpetrators. Mark Alem starts out in the Selection Department and passes along a file containing what he feels might be a possibly incriminating dream: a wasteland filled with garbage, a musical instrument, a rampaging bull, and a bridge. When he is promoted to the Interpretation Section, he is faced with the very same dream. We don't know his final interpretation, but agents from the Master Dream Section become very busy....

A chilling and nightmarish novel, reminiscent of Kafka--the claustrophobic, labyrinthine corridors of the Palace are evoked frighteningly. Mark-Alem must find his way from one department to another alone, hoping for help. On his day off, he notices how pale and insipid the real world has become as compared with the inner lives of people in the Palace. Atmospheric.

Very highly recommended. I'd advise reading the author's Three-Arched Bridge first if possible to get some backstory. ( )
1 vote janerawoof | Jun 8, 2017 |
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This was the novel that got Albania's greatest writer, Ismail Kadare, into trouble with the Communist authorities when it was written and sneakily published in 1980 and 1981. Our protagonist, Mark-Alem of the ancient Quprili family, is recruited to the Palace of Dreams in the capital of the Empire, where feuding bureaucrats together analyse and report on the portents opened up to the Imperial rulers through the dreams of the populace. You don't have to be very smart to see this as a rather clear analogy of the Sigurimi under the Hoxha regime, gathering information neurotically and monitoring the loyalty of the population closely, yet also vulnerable at the top to the whims of the man at the very centre of the state.

The Writers' Plenum which condemned the book showed only that they could not appreciate the talent they had amongst them. As well as being rather like a Kafka story told by an insider, Kadare adopts a lot of Latin American-style magical realism in the story (there is a particularly bizarre and vivid police raid on a dinner party). My linguistic instincts are sharp enough also to spot that there is something going on with the protagonist's name: Qubrili, we are told, is linked with the word for "bridge", in modern Turkish "köprü"; but of course the standard Albania word for bridge these days is "urë", and what it anyway made me think of was the novel by Ivo Andrić of the old Yugoslavia, Na Drini ćuprija, The Bridge on the Drina (the modern word is "most" rather than "ćuprija"). It would be interesting for someone to do an annotated edition of this some time.

Edited to add: I was over-analysing here. The Albanian Köprülü / Qubrili family were indeed a perfectly real powerful political family in the Ottoman empire, so there is no explicit reference by Kadare to Andrić. ( )
  nwhyte | Feb 4, 2017 |
This is a difficult to book to evaluate as it comes in English from Albanian via French, and I wonder if the extra translation step flattened the prose a bit. As it is, it reads as an extended allegory of the surveillance state: something that once applied to Eastern Europe, but now seems to be extending to the wider world. Thus, a "Palace of Dreams," where dreams are sorted, interpreted, and a select few sent to the highest authority is a hell where all thoughts are public...much as my thoughts on this book are now public. ( )
  le.vert.galant | Jan 26, 2015 |
11 days is quite some time to be spending reading a book of only 239 pages. At least it usually is when I read. But, this is a different book.
Not an easy one, that's for sure.
First of all because of the tone, the style of writing. It is quite sombre, dark, melancholic. I tend to say that makes it a typical Eastern European book.
The subject, of the book is also quite hard to grasp. Not the plain facts, but the rest. Why would a governement want a 'factory' where dreams from all people in the empire are gathered and analyzed? Where weekly the masterdream is elected and brought to the sovereign?

Lots of clerks work there, they are unhappy, sad, afraid. There are strict rules, a strict devision of the various departments. People can climb up, but only after years and years.
But not Eby Qerim, who belongs to a family that has influence. In the background corruption, power plays, fear, and patronage play important roles in the unfolding of the events.

The events... As if a lot is happening n this book. That is not the case. And nonetheless I could not put it down or stop thinking about it or about the images, the sphere it brought up in me. I'll certainly chew on it for some time, before I can finally let go. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Aug 24, 2014 |
I did not read this book. The premise appealed to me (dystopian world where citizens' dreams are collected for analysis), as did the fact that the book was immediately banned in Albania upon publication. However, this edition was translated into French and then into English, rendering the prose into a stilted mess akin to Terminator-era Schwarzenegger speech. Run away, run far away. Or read it in French, or better yet, Albanian. One star for the translation debacle, not the content, which still remains a mystery to me. ( )
  S.D. | Apr 5, 2014 |
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At the heart of the Sultan?s vast but fragile empire stands the mysterious Palace of Dreams- the most secret and powerful Ministry ever invented. Its task is to scour every town, village and hamlet to collect the citizens? dreams, then to sift, sort and classify them, and ultimately to interpret them, in order to identify the "master-dreams" that will provide the clues to the Empire?s destinies and those of its Monarch. An entire nation?s consciousness is thus tapped into and meticulously laid bare in the form of images and symbols of the dreaming mind.Kadare?s Palace of Dreams stands as the symbol of the thought-police who have, through history, been the most effective instruments of oppression at the service of dictators.

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