CORELLI’S MANDOLIN

Louis de Bernières

Extravagant, inventive, emotionally sweeping, Corelli’s Mandolin is the story of a timeless place that one day wakes up to find itself in the jaws of history. The place is the Greek island of Cephallonia, where gods once dabbled in the affairs of men and the local saint periodically rises from his sarcophagus to cure the mad. Then the tide of World War II rolls onto the island’s shores in the form of the conquering Italian army.

Caught in the occupation are Pelagia, a willful, beautiful young woman, and the two suitors vying for her love: Mandras,

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Extravagant, inventive, emotionally sweeping, Corelli’s Mandolin is the story of a timeless place that one day wakes up to find itself in the jaws of history. The place is the Greek island of Cephallonia, where gods once dabbled in the affairs of men and the local saint periodically rises from his sarcophagus to cure the mad. Then the tide of World War II rolls onto the island’s shores in the form of the conquering Italian army.

Caught in the occupation are Pelagia, a willful, beautiful young woman, and the two suitors vying for her love: Mandras, a gentle fisherman turned ruthless guerilla, and the charming, mandolin-playing Captain Corelli, a reluctant officer of the Italian garrison on the island. Rich with loyalties and betrayals, and set against a landscape where the factual blends seamlessly with the fantastic, Corelli’s Mandolin is a passionate novel as rich in ideas as it is genuinely moving.

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  • Vintage
  • Paperback
  • August 1995
  • 448 Pages
  • 9780679763970

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About Louis de Bernières

Louis de Bernières is the author of, among other novels, Corelli’s Mandolin, A Partisan’s Daughter, Birds Without Wings, The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman, Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord and The War of Don Emmanuel’s Nether Parts. Selected by Granta as one of the twenty Best of Young British Novelists in 1993, de Bernières lives in London.

Praise

“Brims with all the grand topics of literature–love and death, heroism and skull-duggery, humor and pathos, not to mention art and religion. . . . A good old-fashioned novel.” –Washington Post Book World

“An exuberant mixture of history and romance, written with a wit that is incandescent”–Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Stunning. . . . A high-spirited historical romance. . . . Remarkable.” –The New York Times Book Review

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