Captain Correlli's Mandolin was written by Louis de Bernieres, a British novelist who lets his wild imagination shine through his writing. This fiction novel was originally published during 1994 and was later published during 1995 by Vintage. Readers are met with an enthralling story of love and war during the 1900s, involving a clash between Greece, Italy, and Germany.
An interesting love affair develops between Captain Antonio Correlli, a sophisticated army officer, and Pelagia Iannis, an intelligent woman practicing medicine alongside her father. Unfortunately, they find it difficult to manage their love affair in the mist of World War II, in addition to maintaining political allegiances.
The New York Times Book Review described this novel as "a high-spirited historical romance." The Los Angeles Times Book Review described this novel as "an exuberant mixture of history and romance." On the other hand, some Goodreads reviewers were not pleased with the perceived inconsistency of style and tone within this novel.
Captain Correlli's Mandolin has earned de Bernieres the 1995 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book Overall.