Root to Stem eHtforward and a bit of overdramatising sometimes However it contains a lot of interesting details about the cataclysms in the region and a moving love story I personally was also grateful for the opportunity of re living some moments of my 16 year old self which the book has dogged out from my memory Two years ago I was going to buy The Orientalist for my friend Tim the owner of the now defunct Booklore said oh we also have a copy of Ali andNino in presently i looked at him rather blankly He thenlaborated on the significance of such corresponding with the book I presently held ready to purchase I see This occurred rather slowly mind you I bought such and read it that weekend Oh I didn t give the biography to Tim Hard Pushed either Ali und Nino Ali and Nino A Love Story Kurban SaidAli and Nino is a novel about a romance between a Muslim Azerbaijani boy and Christian Georgian girl in Baku in the years 1918 1920 Itxplores the dilemmas created by European rule over an Oriental society and presents a tableau portrait of Azerbaijan s capital Baku during the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic period that preceded the long How Philosophy Works era of Soviet rule It was published under the pseudonym Kurban Said The novel has been published in than 30 languages with than 100ditions or reprints The book was first published in Vienna in German 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 Ali and Nino is Kurban Said s masterpiece It is a captivating novel as Charlie Hernndez the League of Shadows evocative of thexotic desert landscape as it is of the passion between two people pulled apart by culture religion and war It is the The Little Book of Comfort eve of World War I in Baku Azerbaijan a city on thedge of the Caspian Sea poised precariously between Dancing on the Ceiling east and west Ali Khan Shirvanshir a Muslim schoolboy from a proud aristocratic family has fallen in love with the beautiful andnigmatic 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 The Wee Free Men (Discworld, exotic fascination of a tale told by Scheherazade with the range and magnificence of anpic Ali and Nino is a timeless classic of love in the face of war 1984 1362 231 20 1371 302 1396 360 9786008513025 Read on the WondrousBooks blog This book is widely compared to Romeo and Juliet and Kidnapped even Dr Zhivago and advertised as one of the best love stories of the last century But in my opinion it is much than just a love story In fact I m not sure if I should call this a love story at all Many may decide to contradict me but I willxplain below Due to the fact that I found much depth to Ali and Nino than just the star crossed lovers theme I showed some generosity with the rating All Quiet on the Western Front even though the narrative and writing weren t so much to my tasteAnother note that I would like to make is that I usually review books in the language I read them in this case Azerbaijani but there are some things about Azerbaijan that I would like to say here and which I hope will reach my western friendsI m also veryxcited about the movie which I think is currently filming starring t Other than the title would make you assume this is not a romance novel but rather a history bookThe author uses the muslim Ali and the Georgian christian Nino as personification of the oriental respective European culture and describes the heavy culture clash taking place in Aserbaijan at the beginning of the 20th centuryI did not particularly História do Rei Transparente enjoy this book but in acknowledgement of its historical importance I rate it with 3 stars Man k nnte schon allein durch den Titel vermuten dasss sich hier um Best Mechanic Ever einen Liebesroman handelt Am Anfang des 20 Jahrhunderts verlieben sich in Baku die Teenager Ali und Nino beides verw hnte Spr linge reicher und m chtiger Familien Trotz des kulturell unterschiedlichen Hintergrunds kommts nach Dinosaur Dinners einigem Hin und Her zuiner Eheschlie ungAls Leser merkt man dannn aber recht schnell dass Ali und Nino nur Platzhalter f r die orientalische bzw urop ische Kultur sein sollen anhand derer der Autor das heftige Aufeinanderprallen der unterschiedlichen Weltsichten beschreibtMir hat das Buch nicht sonderlich gefallen Insbesondere habe ich mich an dem Blutdurst und blindem 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allgegenw rtigen Frauenverachtung Nat rlich wei ich dass das den Tatsachen rtigen Frauenverachtung Nat rlich wei ich dass das den Tatsachen ist dennoch macht s keinen Spa dar ber zu lesen M glicherweise spielte Desert Kings (Deathlands, es auchine wesentliche Rolle dass der Autor Ali als Ich Erz hler angelegt hatte der dadurch die M glichkeit hatte seine unreifen und reaktion ren Ansichten im berma an den Leser zu bringenIn Anbetracht des historischen Werts dieses Buches gebe ich 3 Sterne obwohl die Lekt re f r mich kein Genuss war I devoured this in one day on a plane flight back from Maui This is a book about a certain place and moment in time but the love story is timeless The story is set in the Caucacus on the Caspian Sea in what is now Azerbaijan on the An Officer and a Spy eve of World War I Ali Khan a muslim boy loves Nino a Georgian Christian girl Somehow their love survives their cultural differences family hostilities blood feuds and nevernding war By the Exposed (Annika Bengtzon, end of the book I knew than Iver imagined about the arly 20th century history of the Caucasus and Persia But it s the love story that kept me turning the pages A beautiful little book I highly recommend it Dadash Beg has stabbed Achung Sade to death last week because Achung Sade came back to town although he
knew the danger having kidnapped Dadash Beg s wife ight years ago He was stabbed on the day he came the danger having kidnapped Dadash Beg s wife ight years ago He was stabbed on the day he came the police are looking for Dadash Beg But they won t find him although verybody knows that he is in the village of Mardakjany Wise men say Dadash Beg has done well I have never heard of this book before and didn t know that they turned it into a movie two years ago My book club is reading this while we are visiting Azerbaijan I have just read Vasily Grossman s An Armenian Sketchbook and last year Leila Aboulela s The Kindness of Enemies which is set for the most part in the Caucasus region Thanks to these books I had some basic knowledge about the diversity of the region and a tiny little bit of historical background If I hadn t I would have been lostAs mentioned in the title Ali and Nino is a love story Ali is a Shiite Muslim Azerbaijani who loves the desert and the sand Nino is from an aristocratic Greek Orthodox family from Georgia They live in Baku which is today known as Azerbaijan s capital city The city is also inhabited by Christian Armenians Persians Turks Indians Russians and whatnot The story is set around the 1st World War and the state of the nation isn t xactly determined and the state of the nation isn t xactly determined On the one hand there s the perpetual threat of the big neighbor Russia On the other hand there s Turkey who are Sunni Muslim not Claim The Crown exactly the same with Shia Islam which is mainly found in Iran and they could massacre off the Armenians How can Ali and Nino s inter religious relationship survive in such a chaotic political climate in the midst of Europe and Asia s boundary First of all I was very surprised to find how light and funny the tone of the narration was Sometimes I could ve told myself that this was a contemporary novel and not published in 1937 by a mysterious writer whose identity is still in dispute There are really a lot of parts where I laughed and thought that the humor was very original and heart warming I learned a lot about the Caucasus region the oil that has already beenxtracted in Baku region around the time of the setting of the novel the different people inhabiting the area and how they get along I was also uite shocked how open Ali and Nino s love relationship was which wasn t really barred by social conventions and beliefs They are constantly torn between Europe and Asia between Islam and Christianity between the outside world and Baku If a reader is interested in learning about this region I recommend this book because it s readable and informative with an interesting plot How marvelous that we re in Asia in wild reactionary Asia We have no smooth roads for Western cars here just rough paths for Karabagh horses how uickly can a car go on these roads and how swiftly races a horse from Karabagh The melons on the roadside look at me as if they had faces Very bad road the melons are saying not for English cars Only for riders on Karabagh horses. Om 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 Nerds exotic fascination of a tale told by Scheherazade with the range and magnificence of anpic Ali and Nino is a timeless classic of love in the face of war. Ali and Nino A Love Story Believe me dear reader there is nothing guaranteed to make me run further or faster from a book than printing the words love story on the front cover Listen that s the gently pitter patter of my size 41 s disappearing into the distanceBleurgh No love hereBut this In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, exceptional book made it onto the mountainous TBR pile which is currently threatening to cause my living room floor to collapse for one major reason It was praised and recommended by the greatest sulky travel misanthrope Mr Paul Theroux I love Theroux s travel books because not only are theyxcellent reading material Theroux is a conscientious and giving writer who provides you with a constant list of books relating to his travels which he has found significant ven if he outright detests them inspiring informative or just downright unusual The discovery of Ali and Nino came from reading Ghost Train to Eastern Bazaar his 2008 revisiting of a journey by rail across over 16th of the worlds land mass Theroux cites it as a hidden gem Golly gosh darnit he was right again for previous correct assertions on hidden gems I d refer you to Carlo Levi s Christ Stopped at Eboli which was mentioned in Theroux s Pillars of Hercules where he circumnavigates the Mediterranean wearing a sun hat and a frownAli and Nino are childhood sweethearts he a Shiite Muslim from noble bloodlines and she a Greek Orthodox Princess from Georgia Together they inhabit the oil soaked palatial and multi cultural landscape of Azerbaijan a melting pot of wealth religion and culture influenced by Georgian Armenian Turkish and Russian fusion over many centuries The advent of World War I tears holes in the community in which they live forcing both Christian and Muslim alike to make a choice look to the West Europe and rapid secular change or cling to the East and the poetry spiritualism and tradition of a hundred generations I cannot xpress adeuately how poetic this book is nor how beautifully penned the landscapes sariyes palaces bazaars and camis Added to the beauty of this book is the long standing mystery over its author and the original publication originally it was believed that the book was written by an Austrian Baroness under an assumed nom de plume however it is now likely that Kurban Said was the alter On Such a Full Sea ego of Lev Nussimbaum a Jew who converted to Islam andscaped Azerbaijan during the Russian RevolutionA classic as timeless and mesmerising as the shifting desert sands There is a large genre of novels related to WWI that deal in the heartbreak of the last summer before the storm the coming death of the old world and the founding of the new Le Grand Meulnes which is still the uintessential French coming of age novel is one Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! example The histories on this theme are scarcely less legionThis novel is both a part of that genre and so much than that It is told from the first person perspective of Ali Khan Shirvanshir who has turned a reuest from the town gossip to write down what a hero s feelings are into a personal diary Ali Khan is a Muslim growing up in Baku on the shores of the Caspian Sea in what is at the time a Russian possession He is in love with Nino Kipiani a Georgian Christian who becomes a Georgian Princess through the courtesy of the Czar If you re thinking that this will turn out to be a typical star crossed lovers meet at garden walls and ner dare speak their love you d be wrong For this is a melting pot of a society an oil boom town where Georgians Armenians Westerners Persians and Muslims who interestingly are the group referred to by their religion not their nationality they are called Mohammedans all mix together Everyone does have a place but there are many factors which factor into deciding who matters who is where on the social scale schooling family money and family historyNo the book focuses on the much interesting task of how one makes a cross cultural life in a world that is becoming Cannibal ever divided alongvery line possible religion politics Mastered (The Enforcers, economics and of course the powerful new god of NationalismThis is than anythinglse a meditation on definitions Man, Son of Man explanations lines and musings on Who I Am and Who I Am Not and perhaps importantly for geopolitics Who We Are and Who We Are Not Ali visits many towns around his area and they all have some great story of their background a legend that makes where they live the best place onarth and no one seems to mind that the next town over also claims that they re the best Alter Ego ever Not in this melting pot of an area Everything thatveryone does seems to have to be attributed to some part of their background or heritage such as there s a moment where Ali goes wild with fury after a friend of his kidnaps his fianc after seducing her with the idea of living in Europe and scaping the Asia that scares her and he kills the man while taking a bite out of his throat and afterwards says I am an Asiatic not a European I never mastered the art of hitting below the belt I can only go mad like the desert wolf In this charged atmosphere Uncommon Wisdom every action is a statementvery minute one chooses sides in this meeting place of Asia and Europe Everyone judges those actions to determine which side you are on Ali is a man caught by this transformative moment in time 1914 He is a man who is Asiatic in his blood and yet is in love with a woman who loves Europe and by xtension does many "Things That Might Make Him Seem To Lean Towards Europe " that might make him seem to lean towards Europe the sake of putting the smile back in Nino s yes and yet and yet He cannot let go of the desert and freaks out at the possibility of being posted to Paris where he cannot ride out into the desert or stand on top of his roof looking over the sandThere are many uotes here where people try to philosophize their way to a solution to what makes people so different and how this Asia and Europe is divided People at the time weren t uite sure what to make of it where the line was And so conversations like these happened What have you against trees To me they are the Art embodiment of life fulfilled Ali Khan is afraid of trees the way a child is afraid of ghosts said Nino It s not as bad as that But what you feel for trees I feel for the desert I repliedDadiani s childishyes blinked The desert he said fallow bushes and hot sand The world of trees perplexes me your Highness It is full of fight and mystery of ghosts and demons You cannot look ahead You are surrounded It is dark The sun s rays are Lost In The Twilight Of in the twilight of trees In this twilight verything is unreal No I do not love he trees The shadows of the wood oppress me and it makes me sad to hear the rustling of the branches I love simple things wind sand and stones The desert is simple like the thrust of a sword I lose my way in the woods your Highness Dadiani looked at me thoughtfully You have the soul of a desert man he said Maybe that is the one real division between men wood men and desert men The Orient s dry intoxication comes from the desert where hot wind and hot sand make men drunk where the world is simple and without problems The woods are full of uestions Only the desert does not ask does not give and does not promise anything But the fire
Of The Soul Comes From The Wood The Desert Man the soul comes from the wood The desert man can see him has but one face and knows but one truth and that truth fulfills him The wood man has many faces Maybe that is the main difference between East and West The xample there would seem to have uite the Western interpretation but there s just as many conversations the other way And I wonder if I only see the representative of the East coming off worse there because of my own Western or modern biases about tolerance I don t know But if this all seems too much just remember this was written in 1937 by a man who was born in Baku in 1904 and who therefore must be presumed to know what he is talking about He gives all sides a voice lets Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard everyonexpress both their superiority and their shortcomings in or less The Matriarchs (The Family eual measure no one group is allowed to be pure For instance our hero repeatedly thinks about killing Westerners for looking at his wife s shoulders or and is shocked by them asking about her in conversation interest in another man s wife being indecent in his society While at the same time he is the man who gives up the most of himself for love tries his best to do whatever makes Nino happyven at the cost of his own identity and is generally the most honest kind and reflective character in the book Characters representing the West are often shown to have the most drive the most passion and the clarity to see the way the world works and yet they re also shown to be hypocritical and of course the horror of WWI Sadly the author only has to conjure up the image of the machine gun or say the word trenches to condemn what all the civilization of Europe has come to The fact that he wrote this on the Notes for the Everlost eve of yet another world war isven poignant I ve. 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 When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) evocative of thexotic desert landscape as it is of the passion between two people pull. .
Heard that this is considered the Azeri national novel I d believe that It gives a visceral picture of the history culture and No Biggy! every day life of the area at the time and than that deals with the larger conflicts that still plague the region today And not only the regionlsewhere in the world as well The story of the author ties in to the theme of this work As fascinating as the novel really He was born a Ukranian Jew converted to Islam and became Essad Bey and published under the name of Kurban Said He lived in Baku left for Berlin after the Russian Revolution Berlin until Hitler Austria and Italy There is Crush It! evidence actually that the Austrian baroness he became friends with in the 1930s deserves co authorship of this book it is certainly based on his interactions with her as is the other novel published under his name The Girl From the Golden Horn This was a man who was used to trying on different identities and seeing what became him what came closest to his Self and a man who would know what it was like for someone to tell you what you were when you didn t consider yourself to be anything of that kind Reading this I often had to remind myself that it was written in 1937 All of these things are still immediately important now East v West the answer to the uestion What is Europe the balance between preservation of culture and the natural progress of society societal structures in a mixed religious society the problem of what identity one really wants to fix one s Self to The uestions of the twentieth century aren t over yet not by a long shot and it is truly amazing how far we have not come from the days of this novel I hesitate to write any review bc I feel I cannot do this book justice I simply adored it Probably the best book I will read this year Of course it is a love story but so much too It is a love story between a Georgian Christian girl and a Mulim boy from an historically famous family from Azebaijan Their lovexplores how dramatically different cultures can be blended given the right circumstances in this case true love West meets East in this novel You Attracting Birds to Your Backyard explore both ways of looking at life The author was born a Jew but became a Muslim This makes his description of Eastern customs all the vivid because he loved them and chose to follow these principles Eastern culture is magnificently rendered Muslim ideology Sunni versus Shiite differences Ottoman and Persian and Georgian beliefs all are vividly depicted through legends and customs How both Ali and Nino are portrayed is so amazing because you understand how these two who loveach other STILL see Deep Listening everything so completely differently It is beautiful to see how they compromise forach other And it is horrible to see when there is no possible compromise The reader gets both a familiar and an Bird-by-Bird Gardening exotic world laid out before them You read about blood feuds camels the landscape and the history of Azerbaijan and much much I simply cannot do this book justiceI wanted to uote dozens of paragraphs but I simply couldn t choose one Onvery single page ideas are beautifully The Works of Saint Augustine expressed If you do not believe me well just pick a page number and I will uote a bit to show you Every single page has the reader thinking WOW or pondering a particular thought or way of looking at life Now I will read The Orientalist Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life which is about this author of Ali and Nino Much of what happened in his own life is reflected int this novel Ali and Nino would be a uite convential written love story apart from a few facts Firstly the book is set in Baku the capital of Azerbaijan oil reach trans Caucasian country which many people would not be able place on the map The time frame is the turbulent beginning of the last century the first oil boom the Russian revolution the Young Turks and the fall of Osmanmpire are just a few cataclysms affecting the region Secondly the author of the book is unknown The book is written from the perspective of Ali the young and rich Muslim Prince But the most likely author is a Jewish xile in Europe Lev Nisselbaum who has converted into Islam during his time in Germany and was known there as Essad Bey And lastly the book was first published in 1937 in Germany very unusual place and time for such a novelI would recommend to read this book if you are interested in the atmosphere and the history of the place The book is brilliant in describing the Caucasian region at the beginning of the last century I could not stop but feeling that the destiny of Caucasus falling under the Soviet rule was not inevitable at all Instead it was the one of the cruel cards served to
the region in geopolitical games between the big powers Obviously a bit idealisedregion in geopolitical games between the big powers Obviously a bit idealised Baku is described as a cosmopolitan vibrant rich city where Muslims Christians and foreigners live together in a relative piece It was the fringe of the Russian Empire before the revolution However strong case for the independence of the region really xisted when the Empire has started to crumble Apart from Azerbaijan the main characters take us to Iran Georgia and Dagestan The sense of place is always vivid Georgian hospitality Persian sleepiness at the time the simple life with the My Teacher Is a Robot elements in a mountain village in Dagestan One can learn a lot of history in this slim novel There is also a powerful insight into a Muslim s male mind The main character is in love with the Georgian girl who is obviously Christian cosmopolitan and does not want to compromise her identity beyond a certain measure She forxample refuses to cover her face He on the other hand is trying to understand better where are the limits of his faith This is very ancient Supper Club enigmatic region Armenia and Georgiaxisted well before any concept of Europe There predated the Byzantine Empire as well and were the ones of the first places in the world adopting Christianity Azerbaijan was the part of Persia I believe That is why they are Shiite Muslims The book and the stories within it have resonated with me on personal level It reminded me the well forgotten trip of my youth The one of my first Moanas New Friend (Disney Moana) ever trips in fact When I was 16 the group from my school has travelled on the train from Kiev to Baku The train journey took 70 hours one way When we arrived in Baku I felt that the ground literally moved under my feet for a day after that train s vibration But before we arrived wexperienced a lot of cultural shocks The group contained around 6 girls On the last day of our journey two things happened First we have seen the desert and proper caravan of camels travelling behind the windows of the train I had an impression the caravan was going uicker than we Secondly our group leader the young man of around 25 was approached by the group of Azerbaijani looking men with the business offer to sell us 6 girls for a good price Fortunately we did not know what the men were talking about But they look very amiable and smiling Again fortunately for us our group leader has rejected their proposition saying he needs us for other things The simple word of our leader seemed to be powerful than the legal aspect of the suggested proceedings So we were left alone at least for a time being The city when we arrived seemed Professional Capital empty the powerful winds were blown alone the streets So when Baku was mentioned as a city of winds in the novel it brought back a vivid memory We ve seen the Maiden tower beautiful medieval construction which is as well mentioned in the book We did not venture farnough without our sympathetic young local guide But he took us into very weird places like an illegal leather shop It was the time when the shelves of the proper shops were totally mpty anywhere in the disintegrating Soviet Union So he probably wanted to please us But we did not have money anyway We ve also
VISITED A CHIKHANA THE PLACE WHEREa Chikhana the place where only were having tea from very small cups while biting sugar stones What was also striking how friendly the people were towards ach other One might stop a trolleybus anywhere by just raising a hand It was the Berlioz, Vol. 2 end pf 1989 I believe We left and in a few months Baku has become a centre of the bloodyvents Baku s pogrom I could not believe the news The last time something similar took place was the time of Ali and NinoOk back to the book The life story of its alleged writer Lev Nisselbaum was so dramatic that it was become the subject of the book itself The Orientalist Solving the Mystery of a Strange and Dangerous Life The american journalist Tom Reiss has followed the traces of Lev from Baku to Berlin and later to Italy were Lev died prematurely in 1942 Someone called Ali and Nino Azerbaijan s Doctor Zhivago There are certainly a lot of similarities However the Pasternak s book is much stronger work of literature Ali and Nino is a profound document to the time and place very moving but the storytelling is relatively straig. Ed apart by culture religion and warIt is the The Middle Sin (Cleo North eve of World War I in Baku Azerbaijan a city on thedge of the Caspian Sea poised precariously between The Mediterranean Millionaires Mistress east and west Ali Khan Shirvanshir a Muslim schoolboy from a proud aristocratic family has fallen in love with the beautiful andnigmatic 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 bo.