When Dreams Travel - PaperbackThe powerless must have a dream or two, dreams that break walls,
dreams that go through walls as if they are powerless.'
A magical tour de force by a writer at the height of her powers, When Dreams
Travel weaves round Scheherazade-or Shahrzad of the thousand and one
nights-a vibrant, inventive story about that old game that's never played out: the
quest for love and power. The curtain opens on four figures, two men and two
women. There is the sultan who wants a virgin every night; there is his brother,
who makes an enemy of darkness and tries to banish it; and there are their
ambitious brides, the sisters Shahrzad and Dunyazad, aspiring to be heroinesor
Travelling in and out of these lives to spellbinding effect is a range of stories,
dark, poetic and witty by turns, spanning medieval to contemporary times. With
its sharp and lively blend of past and present, its skilful reworking of the
historical tradition, and its controlled use of evocative language, Githa
Hariharan's multi-voiced narrative assumes the significance of modern myth.