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The Oracle of Night: The History and Science of Dreams by Sidarta Ribeiro

- BANTAM PRESS, £20 (EBOOK, £9.99) REVIEW BY MOLLY HUNTER

Sidarta Ribeiro’s

The Oracle of Night, translated by Daniel Hahn, explores dreams in a hugely thorough and multi-faceted way, looking at the biological, chemical, spiritual and cultural theories of dreams – and why they occur. His role as a neuroscien­tist gives him the authority to lay down the scientific understand­ing of dreams in great detail, but his work is more poetic than merely factual, and the esoteric significan­ce of dreaming is discussed in an equally compelling manner. Although the work is dense and his expert understand­ing of the subject at an academic level is evident, Ribeiro is also a storytelle­r – and the appealing mystery of the topic is never lost.

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