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A new classics edition of this enduringly popular novel

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 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?

Reviews

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 wonderful epic novel

The Times

Louis de Bernières is the direct line that runs through Dickens and Evelyn Waugh... His novel will give pleasure to all sorts of readers

A.S. Byatt, Evening Standard

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

Observer

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

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

New York Times Book Review

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

Daily Mail

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099540861

    April 1, 2010

    Vintage Classics

    560 pages

    RRP $28.99

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  • Paperback

    9780099496984

    September 1, 2005

    Vintage Classics

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  • Paperback

    9780749397548

    June 1, 1995

    Vintage

    544 pages

    RRP $28.99

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  • EBook

    9781446499207

    October 31, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    560 pages

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Notwithstanding
A Partisan's Daughter
Birds Without Wings
Sunday Morning At The Centre Of The World
The Troublesome Offspring Of Cardinal Guzman
Senor Vivo & The Coca Lord
War Of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts

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