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  • Published: 1 June 1995
  • ISBN: 9780749397548
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560
  • RRP: $19.99

Captain Corelli's Mandolin




25th anniversary edition of this cherished story of love, loss, war and heroism - from one of our bestselling authors

25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION - WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHOR

'A true diamond of a novel, glinting with comedy and tragedy' Daily Mail

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 locals but over time he proves himself to be civilised, humorous – and a consummate musician.

When Pelagia, the local doctor's daughter, finds her letters to her fiancé go unanswered, Antonio and Pelagia draw close and 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?

'Louis de Bernières is in the direct line that runs through Dickens and Evelyn Waugh...he has only to look into his world, one senses, for it to rush into reality, colours and touch and taste' Evening Standard

  • Pub date: 1 June 1995
  • ISBN: 9780749397548
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Louis de Bernieres

Louis de Bernières is the bestselling author of Captain Corellis Mandolin, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, Best Book in 1995. His most recent books are The Dust That Falls From Dreams, Birds Without Wings and A Partisans Daughter, a collection of stories, Notwithstanding, and two collections of poetry, Imagining Alexandria and Of Love and Desire.

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Praise for Captain Corelli's Mandolin

“A tall tale and a serious work of literature…its reputation suggests that one “should” read it, and so far I would have to agree”

Nigel Rodenhurst, Times Higher Education

“A true diamond of a novel, glinting with comedy and tragedy”

Daily Mail

“A tall tale and a serious work of literature…its reputation suggests that one “should” read it, and so far I would have to agree”

Nigel Rodenhurst, Times Higher Education

“Stunning... A high-spirited historical romance...remarkable.”

New York Times Book Review

“An emotional, funny, stunning novel which swings with wide smoothnes s between joy and bleakness, personal lives and history...it's lyrical and angry, satirical and earnest”

Observer

“A wonderful epic novel...it has made him a name to conjure with. Both on the large and the small scale it is an absorbing and memorable book...the sweep, invention and warmth of the novel carries one effortlessly along”

Derwent May, The Times

“Hypnotic...a vast tapestry woven in tiny, colourful, intricate detail...a graphic and moving commentary on the futility of war. This magical book stayed in my head long after I had finished it”

Marian Keyes

“Captain Corelli's Mandolin achieves that rare feat of saying something new about war...fusing with remarkable felicity the cosmic and the tragic, the lyrical and the epic... And without offering easy answers, it poses difficult questions about love and suspicion, trust and betrayal, faith and despair, creativity and destruction”

André Brink, Times Literary Supplement

“Louis de Bernières is in the direct line that runs through Dickens and Evelyn Waugh...he has only to look into his world, one senses, for it to rush into reality, colours and touch and taste”

Evening Standard

“A master of haunted realism. His best novel yet. He deals with death and love and tragedy... This is a novel to be prized”

Daily Mail

“Captain Corelli's Mandolin is a wonderful, hypnotic novel of fabulous scope and tremendous, iridescent charm - and you can quote me”

Joseph Heller

“An exuberant mixture of history and romance, written with a wit that is incandescent”

Los Angeles Times Book Review


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