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Pascali's Island

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ISBN13: 9780393317213
ISBN10: 0393317218
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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 Pascall 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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"Darkly ironic....Offers an almost Conradian richness." New Yorker

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"A compelling portrait of a schemer whose shabby amorality scarcely ensures his survival in a world where treachery is the rule." Boston Sunday Globe

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"A masterful tale of treachery and duplicity. . . . Spellbinding."--

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Barry Unsworth is a British novelist who is known for novels with historical themes. He has published 14 novels, and has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times, winning once for the 1992 novel Sacred Hunger.

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Alisha C, January 14, 2012 (view all comments by Alisha C)
Unsworth transports us to a small Greek island in the early part of the 20th century. He gives us a guide, Pascali, who is not entirely likable but very relate-able. We walk with Pascali while he deliberates on truths, morals, and the need to believe the reports that he writes as an informer are being read. The Greek island is visited by outsiders and those with unsavory agendas. Full of historical facts, art, and antiquities, this a very enjoyable mystery.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393317213
Author:
Unsworth, Barry
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Greece
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Turkey History 1878-1909.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Publication Date:
19971131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.06x5.56x.46 in. .35 lbs.

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"Review" by , "Darkly ironic....Offers an almost Conradian richness."
"Review" by , "A compelling portrait of a schemer whose shabby amorality scarcely ensures his survival in a world where treachery is the rule."
"Synopsis" by , "A masterful tale of treachery and duplicity. . . . Spellbinding."--
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