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REVIEW Nëpunësi i Pallati it të Endrrave ó PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB REVIEW Ú PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ð Ismail Kadare Ismail Kadare Ð 6 REVIEW Nterpretarii alegoriile si enigmele onirice ale unei imparatii intregi Cerc dupa cerc ca intr un alt infern dantesc tanarul ajunge pana in varful ierarhiei puterii de unde supravegheaza cu ura si teama mecanismul orb al politiei inconstientului Insa inevitabil fatalismul balcanic il impinge tot mai aproape de prapastia indoielilor oare un stapan absolut chinuit de spaima muta de a nu intra el insusi in hatisul propriei masinarii demonice nu va sfarsi intr o buna zi condamnat de un vis anonim la dizgratie si uitare In this spare novel Ismail Kadare creates a metaphor for the police state A young distaff scion of a family powerful enough to rival the leaders of Ottoman Empire is given a job in the Palace of Dreams Here a huge machinery gathers the dreams from around the Empire It copies sorts interprets sifts and archives themJust as a thought police thrives on rumor and innuendo so does the Palace The power struggles of the mighty are not discussed or understood even among the intimates of the participants but are palpable throughout the empire and very keenly felt at the Palace of Dreams Kadare demonstrates how the fear of the unknown paralyzes bystanders and how participants keep everyone in the darkWhile this book is over 15 years old I had not heard of it or its author I found it through an reviewer whose interests run parallel to mine This book and perhaps the author I ll have to read Kadare should be on academic reading lists along with the works of George Orwell and Aldous Huxley The Illusionists unei imparatii intregi Cerc dupa cerc ca intr The Last Testament un alt infern dantesc tanarul ajunge pana in varful ierarhiei puterii de One for My Baby unde supravegheaza cu Paragon Walk ura si teama mecanismul orb al politiei inconstientului Insa inevitabil fatalismul balcanic il impinge tot mai aproape de prapastia indoielilor oare We un stapan absolut chinuit de spaima muta de a nu intra el insusi in hatisul propriei masinarii demonice nu va sfarsi intr o buna zi condamnat de The Moon Platoon Space Runners #1 un vis anonim la dizgratie si The Echo uitare In this spare novel Ismail Kadare creates a metaphor for the police state A young distaff scion of a family powerful enough to rival the leaders of Ottoman Empire is given a job in the Palace of Dreams Here a huge machinery gathers the dreams from around the Empire It copies sorts interprets sifts and archives themJust as a thought police thrives on rumor and innuendo so does the Palace The power struggles of the mighty are not discussed or The Asset Wounded Warrior #1 understood even among the intimates of the participants but are palpable throughout the empire and very keenly felt at the Palace of Dreams Kadare demonstrates how the fear of the Shadow of Doubt Newpointe 911 Series #2 unknown paralyzes bystanders and how participants keep everyone in the darkWhile this book is over 15 years old I had not heard of it or its author I found it through an reviewer whose interests run parallel to mine This book and perhaps the author I ll have to read Kadare should be on academic reading lists along with the works of George Orwell and Aldous Huxley

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REVIEW Nëpunësi i Pallati it të Endrrave ó PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB REVIEW Ú PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ð Ismail Kadare Ismail Kadare Ð 6 REVIEW Palatul Viselor cea mai teribila si mai nemiloasa caricatura a totalitarismului in descompunere dupa cum spunea Andre Clavel a aparut intr o prima varianta Slujbasul de la Palatul Viselor la Tirana in 1981 si a fost interzis de regimul comunist al lui Enver Hodja Kadare isi publica versiunea finala in 1990 la Editura Fayard la scurt timp dupa emigrarea in Franta Romanul probabil cea mai curajoasa carte a lui Ismail Kadare surprinde cosmarul orwellian amplificat intr o izbucnire violenta a istoriei moderne impletin Mark Alem pressed on his mouth dry despite his attempts to reassure himself After all what did it really matter if he did get lost He wasn t on some vast plain or in a forest He was merely inside the Palace But still the thought of getting lost terrified him How would he get through the night amid all these walls these rooms these cellars full of dreams and wild imaginings He d rather be on a frozen plain or in a forest infested with wolves Yes a thousand times ratherHe hurried on faster How long had he been walking now Suddenly he thought he hear a noise in the distance Perhaps it s only an illusion he told himself Then after a little while the sound of voices burst out again clearly this time though he still couldn t tell what direction it came fromHe went down another two or three steps and found himself in another corridor which he deduced must be on the ground floor The sound of voices faded for a few moments then returned nearerMark Alem was practically running by now his eyes fixed on the end of the corridor where a faint suare of light came in from outside Please God let it be the back door An empty seemingly endless hallway can give a person a sense of disassociationThere are no signs directing people in the proper directions at the Palace of Dreams Mark Alem finds himself lost not only in the corridors of the Palace but also in the hour upon hour day to day work of selecting and interpreting dreams He is descended from a prominent family called the uprilis They have contributed generations of powerful men to the Balkan Empire For nearly four hundred years the uprilis had seemed fated eually to glory and to misfortune If its chronicles included great dignitaries secretaries of state governors and prime ministers they also told how just as many members of the family had been imprisoned or decapitated or had simply vanished There are very few powerful families in the history of humanity that have not found themselves on the losing side of a power struggle at one point or at several points in history After a few messy decapitations or uarterings these families eventually rise from the ashes sometimes those ashes are relatives and find that eventually the state has need of their services again Now Mark Alem s mother is a uprilis which means it is not evident immediately to the people he meets that he is related to that family He is timid enough that he does not offer that information readily Of course when he is summoned to the Palace of Dreams to be offered a position they are very aware of who he isHe is assured he is the right sort of manInstead of starting at the bottom he starts in the middle of the hierarchy He moves up so uickly he barely has time to settle into one job before he is sent on to the next one Given the nature of the job which is to select dreams and interpret those dreams with the most important ones being sent to the Sultan to help him make decisions about the course of action he will take in running the empire you would think there would be a long and arduous training regime There is not at least not for Mark Alem but as the plot advances we start to get inklings that he is a pawn in a much bigger much dangerous game He is absolutely oblivious He is paranoid and nervous but doesn t know exactly what he should be paranoid and nervous about He is too worried about his workload and whether his interpretations of these dreams are correct He wears out erasures writing what he thinks and then becoming paralyzed with doubt as to how his superiors would interpret his thoughts Like any good bureaucrat he finds it is much safer to stifle any creativity and pass along the most bland safest interpretations of the dreams he finds in his folder Not that they need a reason to separate your head from your body but certainly try not to hand it to them on a silver platter The empire is ruled by dreams Every dream no matter how mundane is reuired to be written down by every citizen in the realm I think it only seems reasonable that if I were to have a steamy dream say about my neighbor s wife that I would make a few changes like say make it two horses in a pasture or really spice it up and have a pig with a goat My luck somehow that would mean I was secretly plotting the downfall of the empire These dreams are collected and hauled to the Palace of Dreams where they start the cycle of elimination of those dreams that are deemed worthless or fabricated mineand those that are thought to be important are pushed up the chain for further interpretation As Mark Alem wanders around his work usually trying to find a door and usually on the wrong floor to find it he discovers that sometimes the dreamers are brought in for further uestioning about a dream they submitted The uestioning must be rigorous because sometimes those dreamers leave in a black coffin You re not paranoid if actually there are reasons to be paranoidThere is no sex in this book barely a hint of desire There is one moment where he passes a house where he knows two pretty sisters live and Mark Alem might have felt a twitch or tingle but other than that it seems as if the terror of his daily life is all consuming There is talk at the end of the book of an arranged married but Mark Alem is about as interested in the details as he is in catalogued Elephant stool samples Ismail Kadare was in Albanian politics during the communist rule in the 1970s He wrote a satirical poem in 1975 that came to the attention of the government and he was punished by not being able to publish for three years In 1977 he publishes a book called The Great Winter that is flattering to Enver Hoxha the Communist leader of Albania Kadare later said that the book was the price of his freedom In 1980 when the Palace of Dreams is published the book is immediately banned Not a big surprise dictatorships tend to not appreciate books that are Orwellian or Kafkaesue in nature It seems to me that Kadare was fairly politically astute He managed to be critical without getting himself killed It also helps to be Albania s most celebrated writer In 1990 he applied for asylum in France Ismail Kadare dissident against a dictatorship or did he collude to survive Both I do believe and brilliantly in my opinionThis book is the English translation of the French translation of the Albanian version Yeah I know scary isn t it I don t read Albanian and I unfortunately do not read French so I have no clue how much this story has been sifted and strained and blended and fluffed I will say after I got over my initial shock at what the publishers had done to me I mean seriously the publisher couldn t find an Albanian intellectual that has a solid command of EnglishI found myself as nervous paranoid and as frustrated as Mark Alem in trying to figure out what really was going on This book is certainly a blatant condemnation of the Albanian government trying to control everything granted they couldn t figure out how to control their subject s dreams but if they could have they would This is must read for those fans of Franz Kafka and George OrwellIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at A Cowboy Christmas upon hour day to day work of selecting and interpreting dreams He is descended from a prominent family called the Comfort of a Man uprilis They have contributed generations of powerful men to the Balkan Empire For nearly four hundred years the Husband From 9 To 5 uprilis had seemed fated eually to glory and to misfortune If its chronicles included great dignitaries secretaries of state governors and prime ministers they also told how just as many members of the family had been imprisoned or decapitated or had simply vanished There are very few powerful families in the history of humanity that have not found themselves on the losing side of a power struggle at one point or at several points in history After a few messy decapitations or The Bonny Bride uarterings these families eventually rise from the ashes sometimes those ashes are relatives and find that eventually the state has need of their services again Now Mark Alem s mother is a The Beleaguered Lord Bourne uprilis which means it is not evident immediately to the people he meets that he is related to that family He is timid enough that he does not offer that information readily Of course when he is summoned to the Palace of Dreams to be offered a position they are very aware of who he isHe is assured he is the right sort of manInstead of starting at the bottom he starts in the middle of the hierarchy He moves Bending the Rules up so Hope Street uickly he barely has time to settle into one job before he is sent on to the next one Given the nature of the job which is to select dreams and interpret those dreams with the most important ones being sent to the Sultan to help him make decisions about the course of action he will take in running the empire you would think there would be a long and arduous training regime There is not at least not for Mark Alem but as the plot advances we start to get inklings that he is a pawn in a much bigger much dangerous game He is absolutely oblivious He is paranoid and nervous but doesn t know exactly what he should be paranoid and nervous about He is too worried about his workload and whether his interpretations of these dreams are correct He wears out erasures writing what he thinks and then becoming paralyzed with doubt as to how his superiors would interpret his thoughts Like any good bureaucrat he finds it is much safer to stifle any creativity and pass along the most bland safest interpretations of the dreams he finds in his folder Not that they need a reason to separate your head from your body but certainly try not to hand it to them on a silver platter The empire is ruled by dreams Every dream no matter how mundane is reuired to be written down by every citizen in the realm I think it only seems reasonable that if I were to have a steamy dream say about my neighbor s wife that I would make a few changes like say make it two horses in a pasture or really spice it Burke's Christmas Surprise up and have a pig with a goat My luck somehow that would mean I was secretly plotting the downfall of the empire These dreams are collected and hauled to the Palace of Dreams where they start the cycle of elimination of those dreams that are deemed worthless or fabricated mineand those that are thought to be important are pushed A Perfect Blood up the chain for further interpretation As Mark Alem wanders around his work Just Wars and Moral Victories usually trying to find a door and Two Paradigms for Divine Healing usually on the wrong floor to find it he discovers that sometimes the dreamers are brought in for further Kenget e Milosaos uestioning about a dream they submitted The Early Chinese Religion Part Two 220 589 Ad uestioning must be rigorous because sometimes those dreamers leave in a black coffin You re not paranoid if actually there are reasons to be paranoidThere is no sex in this book barely a hint of desire There is one moment where he passes a house where he knows two pretty sisters live and Mark Alem might have felt a twitch or tingle but other than that it seems as if the terror of his daily life is all consuming There is talk at the end of the book of an arranged married but Mark Alem is about as interested in the details as he is in catalogued Elephant stool samples Ismail Kadare was in Albanian politics during the communist rule in the 1970s He wrote a satirical poem in 1975 that came to the attention of the government and he was punished by not being able to publish for three years In 1977 he publishes a book called The Great Winter that is flattering to Enver Hoxha the Communist leader of Albania Kadare later said that the book was the price of his freedom In 1980 when the Palace of Dreams is published the book is immediately banned Not a big surprise dictatorships tend to not appreciate books that are Orwellian or Kafkaesue in nature It seems to me that Kadare was fairly politically astute He managed to be critical without getting himself killed It also helps to be Albania s most celebrated writer In 1990 he applied for asylum in France Ismail Kadare dissident against a dictatorship or did he collude to survive Both I do believe and brilliantly in my opinionThis book is the English translation of the French translation of the Albanian version Yeah I know scary isn t it I don t read Albanian and I At Europe's Borders Medieval Towns in the Romanian Principalities unfortunately do not read French so I have no clue how much this story has been sifted and strained and blended and fluffed I will say after I got over my initial shock at what the publishers had done to me I mean seriously the publisher couldn t find an Albanian intellectual that has a solid command of EnglishI found myself as nervous paranoid and as frustrated as Mark Alem in trying to figure out what really was going on This book is certainly a blatant condemnation of the Albanian government trying to control everything granted they couldn t figure out how to control their subject s dreams but if they could have they would This is must read for those fans of Franz Kafka and George OrwellIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at

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REVIEW Nëpunësi i Pallati it të Endrrave ó PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB REVIEW Ú PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Ð Ismail Kadare Ismail Kadare Ð 6 REVIEW D intr o poveste atemporala spaimele mentalitatii primitive cu delirul birocratiei totalitareIntr un timp incert poate inceputul secolului XX sultanul imensului dar subredului Imperiu Otoman ingradeste libertatea supusilor controlandu le visele prin intermediul celei mai inspaimantatoare si mai misterioase institutii ale puterii Tabir Saray Aici se angajeaza Mark Alem descendentul unei puternice familii cu radacini intr o Albanie reala si mitica totodata cel care primeste sarcina kafkiana de a trece prin filtrul i The uniue idea at the heart of this story is instantly intriguing Mark Alem scion of the powerful uprili family is given a job at a prestigious institution the Tabir Sarrail or Palace of Dreams Transcriptions of citizens dreams are collected here in their thousands then pored over analysed and interpreted for indications that they contain some divine prediction a message of glory or doom for the Empire The eventual aim of this mammoth task is to identify the Master Dream the most meaningful and portentous of them all which is delivered to the Sultan on a weekly basis Unsurprisingly the novel has often been compared to the works of Orwell and Kafka Mark Alem s job is bureaucratic yet bizarre and cloaked in so much mystery that at first he doesn t even know what he s supposed to be doing or the way around the vast Palace or what all the oddly named departments do There are recurring scenes in which he wanders the corridors lost and disorientated Parallels are drawn between being swallowed up by this place and the experience of sleep or even death Having become accustomed to its strange ways Mark Alem finds real life comparatively insipid the whole world seemed to have lost all its colour as if after a long illness How tedious grasping and confined this world seemed in comparison with the one he now served Yet when he s at work the dream transcripts often seem incomprehensible to him At times he marks them at random and it s this cavalier approach to the task that ultimately brings about the plot s bloody climax Its meaning as a political allegory is clear but the novel is always eually enjoyable as an imaginative often uite suspenseful storyHad this been a smoother read my rating would be higher as I really liked the story However I thought it had a stilted and awkward feel all the way through and I m convinced this can only be the result of it having been translated twice this English version is not translated directly from the original Albanian but from the the French edition There were a couple of unusual recurring phrases that really jarred and seemed like inaccurate choices certain words were repeated with irritating freuency I found all of this really offputting and I m afraid it also makes me less likely to read Kadare though I d first need to establish whether all of them have been through the weird Albanian French English treatment The Illusionists un timp incert poate inceputul secolului XX sultanul imensului dar subredului Imperiu Otoman ingradeste libertatea supusilor controlandu le visele prin intermediul celei mai inspaimantatoare si mai misterioase institutii ale puterii Tabir Saray Aici se angajeaza Mark Alem descendentul Planet of the Bugs unei puternice familii cu radacini intr o Albanie reala si mitica totodata cel care primeste sarcina kafkiana de a trece prin filtrul i The Fishes of the Open Ocean uniue idea at the heart of this story is instantly intriguing Mark Alem scion of the powerful Out of Bounds uprili family is given a job at a prestigious institution the Tabir Sarrail or Palace of Dreams Transcriptions of citizens dreams are collected here in their thousands then pored over analysed and interpreted for indications that they contain some divine prediction a message of glory or doom for the Empire The eventual aim of this mammoth task is to identify the Master Dream the most meaningful and portentous of them all which is delivered to the Sultan on a weekly basis Unsurprisingly the novel has often been compared to the works of Orwell and Kafka Mark Alem s job is bureaucratic yet bizarre and cloaked in so much mystery that at first he doesn t even know what he s supposed to be doing or the way around the vast Palace or what all the oddly named departments do There are recurring scenes in which he wanders the corridors lost and disorientated Parallels are drawn between being swallowed Grass Sky Song up by this place and the experience of sleep or even death Having become accustomed to its strange ways Mark Alem finds real life comparatively insipid the whole world seemed to have lost all its colour as if after a long illness How tedious grasping and confined this world seemed in comparison with the one he now served Yet when he s at work the dream transcripts often seem incomprehensible to him At times he marks them at random and it s this cavalier approach to the task that Otter Chaos Otter Chaos #1 ultimately brings about the plot s bloody climax Its meaning as a political allegory is clear but the novel is always eually enjoyable as an imaginative often The Illusionists uite suspenseful storyHad this been a smoother read my rating would be higher as I really liked the story However I thought it had a stilted and awkward feel all the way through and I m convinced this can only be the result of it having been translated twice this English version is not translated directly from the original Albanian but from the the French edition There were a couple of The Last Testament unusual recurring phrases that really jarred and seemed like inaccurate choices certain words were repeated with irritating freuency I found all of this really offputting and I m afraid it also makes me less likely to read Kadare though I d first need to establish whether all of them have been through the weird Albanian French English treatment

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  • Nëpunësi i Pallati it të Endrrave
  • Ismail Kadare
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  • 21 December 2019
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