''Captain Corelli's Mandolin'' is a novel by Creator/LouisDeBernieres, set on the Greek island of Cephalonia. The occupation of the island by Italian troops during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII forms a major part of the plot; the title character, Antonio Corelli, is an officer in the occupying forces.

Adapted into a 2001 film starring Creator/NicolasCage.

!!This novel provides examples of:

* BittersweetEnding
* BuryYourGays: Both subverted and played straight.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: Francesco dies in Carlo's arms.
* HappilyAdopted: Antonia
* HeroicSacrifice: Carlo.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Well, not ''kills'', exactly, but the entire bittersweet ending could have been avoided with the right questions.
* {{Sabotutor}}[=/=]TrollingTranslator: Corelli wants to get on with the people whose village his men are occupying, so he asks an Italian-speaking local to teach him how to greet the villagers in their own language. The "greeting" he gets taught is thoroughly impolite, and causes him to become even less popular.
* TheWomenAreSafeWithUs: Corelli does not take kindly to Italian soldiers abusing the Greek girls.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: Bunny Warren arrives in Cephalonia speaking only Ancient Greek, which is rendered in the novel as (unusually scrupulous) Chaucerian Middle English. As the novel proceeds, Bunny's speech becomes gradually more modern.

!!The movie adaptation provides examples of:

* JustAStupidAccent: Nicolas Cage as Corelli.
* RevisedEnding: Less bitter, more sweet.