The palace of dreams is a haunting allegory of power as a man from an influential family that is often at odds with the state finds himself working for the palace of dreams. The palace of dreams albanian pallati i ndrrave is a 1981 novel by the albanian writer ismail kadare set ostensibly in the ottoman empire . The palace of dreams written in tirana between 1976 and 1981 takes us into an entirely different universe set at the fictitious crossroads of a 20th century dictatorship and the 14th century ottoman empire. The mysterious palace of dreams stands at the heart of a vast empire inside workers sift sort and interpret the dreams the empires citizens they search out master dreams that will provide clues to the destiny of the empire and its sultan. The palace of dreams was banned on publication in albania in 1981 and it can certainly be read as a critique of totalitarianism exposing its organisational and psychological logic it is not an abstract metaphor however but a direct and only slightly fantasised depiction of an actual state a quite realistic ottoman empire into which a
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