Hereby starts the first chapter (but why the 也??)
The author (作者) himself (自) says/reports (云) .
The novel "The stone recordings" was written due to the occurance of a dream that tells a story that hides real events and that tells about meeting the afterlife/world of the dead.
a former (曾) experienced (历过) dream / illusion (梦幻; 番 as a measure word).
the story conceals (隐去 passive with the 将) a true event (真事)
and reports how thereby/there (而借) a connection to the afterlife was established (通灵)
The book "The stone memories/recordings" was written
也 to finish the 将-construction
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