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ISBN: 0-7493-9754-3

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Captain Corelli's Mandolin

It is 1941 and Captain Antonio Corelli, a young Italian officer, is posted to the Greek Island of Cephallonia as part of the occupying forces.  At first he is ostracised by the local, but as a conscientious but far from fanatical soldier, whose main aim is to have a peaceful war, he proves in time to be civilised, humorous – and a consummate musician.    

When the local doctor’s daughter’s letters to her fiancé – a member of the underground – go unanswered, the working of the eternal triangle seems inevitable.  But can this fragile love survive as a war of bestial savagery gets closer and the lines are drawn between invader and defender?

Extracts from British reviews:

"Captain Corelli's Mandolin is an emotional, funny, stunning novel which swings with wide smoothness between joy and bleakness, personal lives and history..."                                
The Observer

"Louis de Bernieres is in the direct line that runs through Dickens and Evelyn Waugh…  His novel will give pleasure to all sorts of readers.  It is also so good that it will last"
A.S. Byatt, Evening Standard

"[de Bernieres] keeps tragedy and comedy on a tight authorial leash, and does not risk a sentimental drop, or a slide in to melodrama or farce...In Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres has written a book of the stature of Catch 22"
The Independent

"Among de Bernieres's skills are an archaeologists's eye for place, a historian's feel for time and a musician's ear for tone and tempo - the novel has everything, including a happy ending (of sorts).  If Captain Corelli's Mandolin does not hold you in its thrall, it might be worth checking to see if your heart is made of stone."
Daily Telegraph

"de Bernieres is a fluid and elegant writer...This is a warm and accessible novel but also a sobering one, because behind its tender heart lurks the tough-minded conviction that history is anything but farcical…”
Jonathan Coe, Mail on Sunday

"Corelli's Mandolin is a wonderful, hypnotic novel of fabulous scope and tremendous, iridescent charm"
Joseph Heller, author of Catch 22

"Corelli is a rich comic confection.  The novel turns on loyalties and betrayals, private and public, of individuals and nations....[it] has at times the rangy, expansive feeling of legend or saga, at other times the cozy intensities of chamber drama."
New York Times Book Review