Captain Corelli's Mandolin

by Louis de Bernières

In Brief

The idyllic island of Cephallonia is the stage for an innocent romance until World War II draws Pelagia's fisherman fiancé to the Albanian frontline and introduces her to a charming occupier, Italian artillery captain and music lover Antonio Corelli. The scene is set for a tragedy that goes far beyond a love triangle, culminating in one of the vilest atrocities of the war.

Why you should read it

The love between Pelagia and her mandolin-playing gunner captured the hearts of a generation, and the advice given by her father on the nature of love is still read out at countless weddings. Combining an immaculately plotted fiction with an extraordinary sequence of true events, this epic and tragic story of love in war is already a classic.

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