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Ali and Nino: A Love Story - Kurban Said
Ali and Nino: A Love Story
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First published in Vienna in 1937, this classic story of romance and adventure has been compared to Dr. Zhivago and Romeo and Juliet.  Its mysterious author was recently the subject of a feature article in the New Yorker, which has inspired a forthcoming biography. Out of print for nearly three... show more
First published in Vienna in 1937, this classic story of romance and adventure has been compared to Dr. Zhivago and Romeo and Juliet.  Its mysterious author was recently the subject of a feature article in the New Yorker, which has inspired a forthcoming biography. Out of print for nearly three decades until the hardcover re-release last year, Ali and Nino is Kurban Said's masterpiece. It is a captivating novel as evocative of the exotic desert landscape as it is of the passion between two people pulled apart by culture, religion, and war.It is the eve of World War I in Baku, Azerbaijan, a city on the edge of the Caspian Sea, poised precariously between east and west.  Ali Khan Shirvanshir, a Muslim schoolboy from a proud, aristocratic family, has fallen in love with the beautiful and enigmatic Nino Kipiani, a Christian girl with distinctly European sensibilities.   To be together they must overcome blood feud and scandal, attempt a daring horseback rescue, and travel from the bustling street of oil-boom Baku, through starkly beautiful deserts and remote mountain villages, to the opulent palace of Ali's uncle in neighboring Persia.  Ultimately the lovers are drawn back to Baku, but when war threatens their future, Ali is forced to choose between his loyalty to the beliefs of his Asian ancestors and his profound devotion to Nino.  Combining the exotic fascination of a tale told by Scheherazade with the range and magnificence of an epic, Ali and Nino is a timeless classic of love in the face of war.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780385720403 (0385720408)
Publisher: Anchor Books
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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DubaiReader
DubaiReader rated it
4.5 A little gem of a book.
This novel was published in German in 1937, but it was not until 1970 that a chance find resulted in it being republished in English. It represents a rare view into a time long passed, narrated by a youngster who meets the love of his life in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Ali Khan Shirvanshir is ...
Lagraziana's Kalliopeion
Lagraziana's Kalliopeion rated it
4.5 Love Story Between a Muslim Man and a Christian Woman: Ali and Nino by Kurban Said
Abridged version of my review posted on Edith’s Miscellany on 31 January 2014The 1937 novel Ali and Nino by Kurban Said (the true identity of the writer is disputed) is the first-person narrative of the Muslim Ali Khan Shirvanshir spanning the turbulent years between 1914 and 1920. The crucial perio...
Lagraziana's Kalliopeion
Lagraziana's Kalliopeion rated it
4.5 Love Story Between a Muslim Man and a Christian Woman: Ali and Nino by Kurban Said
Abridged version of my review posted on Edith’s Miscellany on 31 January 2014The 1937 novel Ali and Nino by Kurban Said (the true identity of the writer is disputed) is the first-person narrative of the Muslim Ali Khan Shirvanshir spanning the turbulent years between 1914 and 1920. The crucial perio...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
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The Orientalist, Lev Nussimbaum writing as Kurban Said.To find
Merle
Merle rated it
This book was an unusual reading experience in a way I can’t quite put my finger on. It’s an engaging story, and accessible; the narrator, Ali, is candid about his thoughts and feelings. At the same time, I never lost sight of the fact that it comes from across a wide gap in time and culture.Ali and...
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