Pascali's Island (novel)

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Pascali's Island
First edition (UK)
Author Barry Unsworth
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Historical novel
Publisher Michael Joseph
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 189 pp
ISBN 0-7181-1854-5
OCLC 8365961
LC Class PR6071.N8 P37x 1980c

Pascali's Island is a novel by Barry Unsworth, first published in 1980. The first United States publication of the book by Simon & Schuster was titled The Idol Hunter.

The film version, produced in (1988), was written and directed by James Dearden. It stars Ben Kingsley, Charles Dance and Helen Mirren.

The novel is set on an island which is an outpost of the Ottoman Empire in 1908. Basil Pascali is a spy who reports regularly to Istanbul on the activities of the local people. He expects to be found out at any moment. When an English archaeologist arrives on the island, Pascali is suspicious of him, and the archaeologist's involvement with the woman Pascali loves creates further tensions.