Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
Corelli’s Mandolin is historical fiction of the old school, a sweeping story to get lost in and fall in love with. Set on the Greek isle of Cephalonia during the Italian occupation of World War 2, the book follows a panoply of unforgettable characters- beautiful Pelagia, her father the doctor, Captain Corelli, Mandras the rebel, Carlo the soldier and more- each with his or her own heartbreaking, beautiful arc. This is a wonderful summer read, a book to linger over, smile over, cry over, a book that will leave its mark on your heart forever.
At the End of a Dull Day by Massimo Carlotto
Bad boy of the Veneto Giorgio Pellegrini has been living the quiet life running a restaurant with his beautiful wife after killing and robbing his way to respectability 11 years ago. But now his crooked lawyer is cheating him and serving him up cold to the Mob, and Giorgio doesn’t like it one bit. To get revenge, he’s back to his old tricks- killing, robbing and more killing. This book is the definition of Mediterranean noir, with a character who gives “mad, bad and dangerous to know” a whole new set of wheels.