Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780679763970, 448pp.
Publication Date: August 29, 1995
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.
"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