The Palace Of Dreams

The Palace Of Dreams


Discover a novel which arose from the author's ambition to invent a hell of his own. Kadare's macabre vision of tyranny was banned immediately when it first appeared in Albania in 1981.

At the heart of the Sultan's vast empire stands the mysterious Palace of Dreams.

Inside, the dreams of every citizen are collected, sorted and interpreted in order to identify the 'master-dreams' that will provide the clues to the Empire's destiny and that of its Monarch. An entire nation's consciousness is thus meticulously laid bare and at the mercy of its government...

Translated by Barbara Bray from the French version of the Albanian by Jusuf Vrioni


  • Kadare's most daring novel, one of the most complete visions of totalitarianism ever committed to paper
    Vanity Fair

About the author

Ismail Kadare

Ismail Kadare (1936–2024) is Albania's best-known novelist and poet. Translations of his novels have appeared in more than forty countries. He was awarded the inaugural Man Booker International Prize in 2005, the Jerusalem Prize in 2015, the Park Kyong-ni Prize in 2019 and the Neustadt Prize in 2020.
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