novelist, whose experiences working in a village in Colombia give colour to his trilogy, The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts (1990), Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord (1991), and The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman (1992). These inventive and poetic works, set in a fictitious South American country, mingle elements of magic realism, eroticism, classical myth, philosophy, and political satire, while maintaining a strong narrative line. Captain Corelli's Mandolin (1994) is a historical romance which takes place during the Second World War on the vividly realized Greek island of Cephalonia during the German/Italian occupation. Set against the farcical brutalities of war, the novel mixes bizarre humour with a poignant spirit of optimism. Birds Without Wings (2004) is a family narrative set in Turkey.