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