Bray, Barbara

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The Palace of Dreams
A Novel
By Ismail Kadare, Translated by Barbara Bray
(Arcade Publishing)
The mysterious Palace of Dreams stands at the heart of a vast but fragile Balkan empire. Inside, workers assiduously sift, sort, classify, and ultimately interpret the dreams of the empire’s citizens. The workers search out Master-Dreams that will provide clues to the destiny of the empire and its Sultan.... [READ MORE]
Ibn Saud
The Desert Warrior Who Created the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
By Barbara Bray, By Michael Darlow
(Skyhorse Publishing)
Ibn Saud grew to manhood living the harsh traditional life of the desert nomad, a life that had changed little since the days of Abraham. Equipped with immense physical courage, he fought and won, often with weapons and tactics not unlike those employed by the ancient Assyrians, a series of astonishing... [READ MORE]
In the Name of Identity
Violence and the Need to Belong
By Amin Maalouf, Translated by Barbara Bray
(Arcade Publishing)
I want to try and understand why so many people commit crimes in the name of identity,” writes Amin Maalouf. Identity is the crucible out of which we come: our background, our race, our gender, our tribal affiliations, our religion (or lack thereof), all go into making up who we are. All too often, however,... [READ MORE]
The Concert
A Novel
By Ismail Kadare, Translated by Barbara Bray
(Arcade Publishing)
China is somehow involved with the increasingly desperate situation in Albania, but no one knows the extent of its secret alliances, political levers, and economic control. Skënder Bermema is sent to China on a fact-finding mission, and is confronted with the reality of Mao’s China, a nation intent on... [READ MORE]
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