Imagining Alexandria, written by Louis de Bernières is his debut poetry collection. Here the author takes back us to the vivid Mediterranean landscape of his fiction. De Bernières was introduced to Greek poetry while in Corfu in 1983, and since then he has always traveled with a book of Cavafy's poetry in his pocket. Not surprisingly, his own poems about the distant past, the erotic and the philosophical owe much to the influence of the great Alexandrian poet. Beautifully illustrated with line drawings by Donald Sammut, it is a collection which is rich in sensuality, nostalgia, and music.
Louis de Bernières, a British novelist who was born on 8 December 1954 is most famous for his fourth novel, Captain Corelli's Mandolin. In 1993, de Bernières was selected as one of the "20 Best of Young British Novelists", part of a promotion in Granta magazine. Captain Corelli's Mandolin was published in the following year and won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book. It has been translated into over 11 languages and is an international bestseller. Captain Corelli's Mandolin is De Bernières' most famous book, in which the eponymous hero is an Italian soldier who is part of the occupying force on the Greek island of Cephalonia during the Second World War.