Barry Unsworth’s complex study of betrayal, paranoia, deception and fear, delivered by Pascali himself – an altogether untrustworthy narrator.

It is the summer of 1908, and a Greek island off the coast of Asia Minor is one small particle of the vast, decaying Ottoman Empire. On the island, a Levantine informer in the pay of the Ottoman authorities, Pascali, has for 20 years been sending in his reports to Constantinople - reports never acknowledged, never acted upon. Now he fears that the Greeks on the island have discovered what he is, and his days are numbered…

The Booker Prize 1980
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Barry Unsworth

Barry Unsworth

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Barry Unsworth was born in London. He published 17 novels, and is best known for his historical fiction.
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Other nominated books by Barry Unsworth

The Ruby in Her Navel
Morality Play
Sacred Hunger
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