Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Kokolios Character Analysis

Kokolios is a communist man living in Pelagia's village. He spends his days at the kapheneia with his best friend Stamatis, Dr. Iannis, and Father Arsenios. They argue about politics and how society should function, and Kokolios refuses to compromise on his politics. When the war comes to Greece, however, Kokolios puts his politics aside in order to support Greece, even when that means supporting Prime Minister Metaxas and the king. Kokolios is perplexed when he discovers that some of the Italian soldiers are communist like himself, and this eventually leads to a partnership with Carlo. Because Kokolios has a printing press, he and Carlo conspire to print an anti-fascist pamphlet that makes fun of Mussolini. He joins the Italians during the final battle with the Germans and is taken to a concentration camp during the Greek Civil War. He dies in Stamatis's arms and the sight of their death haunts Dr. Iannis until he himself dies.

Kokolios Quotes in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

The Captain Corelli’s Mandolin quotes below are all either spoken by Kokolios or refer to Kokolios. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin published in 1994.
Chapter 9 Quotes

"I have always been a Venizelist; I am not a monarchist, and I am not a Communist. I disagree with both of you, but I cure Stamatis' deafness and I burn out Kokolios' warts. This is how we should be. We should care for each other more than we care for ideas, or else we will end up killing each other."

Related Characters: Dr. Iannis (speaker), Stamatis, Kokolios
Page Number: 52
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Chapter 35 Quotes

We have lost one-third of our merchant marine because He forgot to order them home before declaring war, we have been persuaded that halving the size of a division means that we have double the number of divisions, we have been made to invade Greece from the north in the rainy season, without winter clothing...All of our Albanian soldiers immediately deserted, and we only know what is happening to us by listening to the BBC.

Related Characters: Carlo Piero Guercio, Mussolini , Kokolios
Page Number: 227
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Kokolios Character Timeline in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

The timeline below shows where the character Kokolios appears in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 8. A Funny Kind of Cat
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...later, Dr. Iannis prepares to leave for the kapheneia to eat breakfast and argue with Kokolios about communism. He imagines shutting down Kokolios's arguments definitively when Lemoni tugs on his sleeve... (full context)
Chapter 9. August 15th, 1940
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At the kapheneia, Dr. Iannis sits next to Kokolios. They discuss the superiority of Cephalonia's water and Kokolios announces that when Lenin is in... (full context)
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...the kapheneia. He knows something is wrong as soon as he enters; both Stamatis and Kokolios are crying and Father Arsenios is preaching outside. Kokolios explains that the Italians just sank... (full context)
Chapter 16. Letters to Mandras at the Front
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Pelagia continues that Dr. Iannis, Stamatis, and Kokolios have banded together to praise the military and Metaxas despite their differing political views. Italian... (full context)
Chapter 23. April 30th, 1941
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On the day of the Italian invasion, the Cephalonians know the worst is coming. Kokolios and Stamatis clean a hunting rifle together, at last putting aside their ideological differences. Men... (full context)
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...to march through town, some waving to the Greeks and others making fun of Hitler. Kokolios raises a communist salute and is flabbergasted when soldiers return it. When an officer asks... (full context)
Chapter 29. Etiquette
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...version. Corelli says "good morning" to Pelagia and then uses the obscenity to greet Velisarios, Kokolios, and Stamatis. When they all scowl at him, he thinks he shouldn't try to speak... (full context)
Chapter 43. The Great Big Spiky Rustball
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...needs men to dig him a trench so he can safely do so. Stamatis and Kokolios agree to do it for two chickens each. (full context)
Chapter 44. Theft
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Kokolios wakes in the middle of the night to the sound of his chickens in distress.... (full context)
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...for both soldiers to lie on the ground. He yells at them to crawl to Kokolios and lick his boots. Kokolios finally remembers he's naked and runs home. Pelagia laughs, but... (full context)
Chapter 55. Victory
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...Dr. Iannis and Pelagia sit in their kitchen, wondering if Corelli is dead. Stamatis and Kokolios knock on the door. They ask for Dr. Iannis's blessing to go shoot Germans with... (full context)
Chapter 63. Liberation
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Dr. Iannis, Kokolios, and Stamatis are all taken away, and Pelagia considers committing suicide. She recalls saying that... (full context)
Chapter 64. Antonia
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...He spends the rest of his life dreaming of forced marches and watches Stamatis and Kokolios dying in each other's arms again and again. He plays with Antonia and helps Pelagia... (full context)
Chapter 71. Antonia Sings Again
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...patiently looks on as she flips through the photo album pointing out Weber, Mandras, Carlo, Kokolios and Stamatis, and Corelli. Iannis is struck by the realization that the present captured in... (full context)