Ali and Nino

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Vintage, 2000 - Azerbaijan - 237 pages
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Ali Khan and Nino Kipiani live in the cosmopolitan, oil-rich capital of Azerbaijan which, at the beginning of the twentieth century, is a melting-pot of different cultures. Ali is a Muslim, with his ancestors' passion for the desert, and Nino is a Christian Georgian girl with sophisticated European ways. Despite their differences, the two have loved each other since childhood and Ali is determined that he will marry Nino as soon as she leaves school. But there is not only the obstacle of their different religions and parental consent to overcome. The First World War breaks out. As the Russians withdraw, the Turks advance, and Ali and Nino find themselves swept up in Azerbaijan's fight for independence.

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User Review  - labfs39 - LibraryThing

If Azerbaijan were to have a national book, many say that Ali and Nino would be it. A sweeping historical novel set in Baku during World War I, the protagonists Ali and Nino represent all the ... Read full review

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User Review  - fist - LibraryThing

This unabashedly Orientalist love story, first published in 1937, details the love story between the Azeri boy Ali (standing for Islam and the mystique of the East) and the Georgian girl Nino ... Read full review

About the author (2000)

Kurban Said was the pseudonym of Lev Nussimbaum, who grew up in Baku and died in Italy in 1942.

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