DE BERNIERES, Louis. Captain Corelli's Mandolin. London: Secker & Warburg, 1994.
8vo., original black boards, lettered in gilt to spine; unclipped pictorial dust wrapper with illustration by Graham Bence; pp. [x], 437, [i]; text block a little toned, else a fine copy in like dust jacket.
First edition. The book was issued in two states: this example with black boards, signed by the author to tipped-in card.
Set on the Greek island of Cephalonia during WWII, Bernieres’ plot revolves around the massacre of Italian troops by the Germans in September 1943 - the Italian Acqui Division had refused to surrender and had fought the Germans for nine days before running out of ammunition. 1,500 Italian soldiers died in the fighting, 5,000 were massacred after surrendering, and the rest were shipped to Germany, of whom 3,000 drowned when the ship carrying them hit a mine.
In 2001, a film version of the novel was released, starring Nicolas Cage as the Italian Captain Corelli, John Hurt as Dr Iannis, and Penélope Cruz as his daughter, Pelagia.