Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (1993), published in the United States as Corelli’s Mandolin, by Louis de Bernieres, takes place on the Greek island of Cephallonia during the Italian/Nazi occupation of World War II. It is the story of the takeover of the country by the Italians, and the story of a love affair between Pelagia, daughter of the local doctor, and Captain Corelli, the officer in command of the Italian garrison.
Pelagia’s fiance, Mandras, is a fisherman who left to join Greek partisans. The Captain and Pelagia are drawn together and torn apart by shifting loyalties. Viewpoints are presented from many angles, and a variety of unique characters. The author includes small doses of his signature magic realism. This black comedy mixes the wonder of life with the horror of war and what it does to the living. It is a study of love, war, and what facts find their way into history books.