Pascali's Island

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"A masterful tale of treachery and duplicity. . . . Spellbinding."—New York Times
The year is 1908, the place, a small Greek island in the declining days of the crumbling Ottoman Empire. For twenty years Basil Pascali has spied on the people of his small community and secretly reported on their activities to the authorities in Constantinople. Although his reports are never acknowledged, never acted upon, he has received regular payment for his work. Now he fears that the villagers have found him out and he ...

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Overview

"A masterful tale of treachery and duplicity. . . . Spellbinding."—New York Times
The year is 1908, the place, a small Greek island in the declining days of the crumbling Ottoman Empire. For twenty years Basil Pascali has spied on the people of his small community and secretly reported on their activities to the authorities in Constantinople. Although his reports are never acknowledged, never acted upon, he has received regular payment for his work. Now he fears that the villagers have found him out and he becomes engulfed in paranoia. In the midst of his panic, a charming Englishman arrives on the island claiming to be an archaeologist, and charms his way into the heart of the woman for whom Pascali pines. A complex game is played out between the two where cunning and betrayal may come to haunt them both. Pascali's Island was made into a feature film starring Ben Kingsley and Helen Mirren.

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Editorial Reviews

The New Yorker
“Darkly ironic. . . . Offers an almost Conradian richness.”
Boston Sunday Globe
“A compelling portrait of a schemer whose shabby amorality scarcely ensures his survival in a world where treachery is the rule.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393317213
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1997
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 803,609
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Unsworth (1930-2012), who won the Booker Prize for Sacred Hunger, was a Booker Prize finalist for Morality Play and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize for The Ruby in Her Navel.

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  • Posted November 22, 2009

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    Spies Everywhere

    Pascali, a long-ignored Ottoman "informer" on a small island, files his report about the arrival of an Englishman. The book's beginning is slow reading and Pascali is not particularly sympathetic when we meet him, but as the story unfolds we see much deeper into the obsequious Pascali's personality. Stay with him for a delightful read. The book is a tour de force of deceit and treachery.

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