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Alí y Nino

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,945 Ratings  ·  343 Reviews
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 m ...more
Paperback, 295 pages
Published 2012 by Libros del Asteroide (first published 1937)
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Shovelmonkey1
Feb 06, 2014 Shovelmonkey1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who find beauty in the desert
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: Paul Theroux
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 distance....

Bleurgh. No love here.

But this 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 greate
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Kelly
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 quintessential French coming of age novel, is one example). The histories on this theme are scarcely less legion.

This novel is both a part of that genre and so much more than that. It is told from the first person perspective of Ali Khan Shirvanshir, who has turned a request from the
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Jeannette Nikolova
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This book is widely compared to Romeo and Juliet and even Dr. Zhivago and advertised as one of the best love stories of the last century. But in my opinion it is much more than just a love story. In fact, I'm not sure if I shouldcall this a love story at all. Many may decide to contradict me, but I will explain below. Due to the fact that I found much more depth to Ali and Nino than just the star-crossed-lovers theme, I showed some generosity with the rating, eve
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Chrissie
Oct 09, 2011 Chrissie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chrissie by: Inder
I hesitate to write any review b/c 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 more too. It is a love story between a Georgian Christian girl and a Mulim boy from an historically famous family from Azebaijan. Their love explores how dramatically different cultures can be blended given the right circumstances - in this case true love. West meets East in this novel. You explore both ways of look ...more
mai ahmd
Dec 21, 2013 mai ahmd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

رواية ذات سرد جميل جدا تشدك للنهاية خاصة فيما لو كنت مهتما بتاريخ منطقة القوقاز ، إن كان يخيل إليك إنها تحكي قصة حب نينو وعلي فهي
أكثر من ذلك بكثير إنها تروي قصة باكو شعبا وثقافة وبوتقة انصهرت فيها مذاهب وديانات وأجناس عدة ، استطاع قربان سعيد أن يقرب لنا الصورة و يجمع كل أنواع الصراعات والعلاقات التي حددت هوية منطقة القوقاز..
فنجد أنفسنا مرة في باكو ثم كاراباخ أرمينيا إيران القوقاز وجورجيا
الرواية من الروايات المكانية التي تعطي للمكان بطولة لا تقل أهمية عن شخصياتها .. لقد كانت باكو بكل عنفوانها و
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Salma
Aug 04, 2010 Salma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
قصة حب جمعت بين علي المسلم الأذربيجاني و نينو المسيحية الجورجية في باكو عاصمة أذربيجان حيث الأعراق و الأثنيات و الصراعات و المطامع و الخلافات زمن الحرب العالمية الأولى و اكتشاف النفط و السلطان التركي و القيصر الروسي و شاه إيران و الثورة البلشفية... قصة جميلة و رقيقة و حزينة و مليئة بالتفاصيل عن عادات و حيوات تلك الشعوب... نشأت القصة في أحضان التشتت بين الشرق و الغرب... بين آسيا و أوروبا... بين الصحراء و الغابة... بين عادات الدماء و الثأر... بين الماضي و الحاضر... بين التقاليد و الحداثة... بين ال ...more
Turkan Kasamanli
May 15, 2012 Turkan Kasamanli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books
Я человек старый, - начал он, - и все, что я здесь вижу и слышу, глубоко печалит меня. Русские хотят уничтожить турков, турки - армян, армяне - нас, а мы - русских. Не знаю, хорошо это или плохо. Мы выслушали Зейнал ага, Мирзу, Али, Фатали хана, Я разделяю их тревоги о школах, родном языке, больницах и свободе. Все это очень хорошо. Но кому нужны школы, если в них будут учить всякой ерунде? Кому нужны больницы, где будут лечить тело, забывая о душе? Наши души рвутся к Аллаху. Конечно, каждый нар ...more
Inder
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 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 never-ending war. By the end of the book, I knew more than I ever imagined about the
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نشوى
Jan 09, 2013 نشوى rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

عن على ونينو والمشاعر القاسية والمربكة والجميلة ...

لم انهدّ حتى اتممت تلك الرواية ... رغم قهر المذاكرة الا انها كانت عالما جميلا قاسيا اطل عليه بين الحين والحين اتأكد انه بجانبى .... اتممتها ..

كيف تعلم الرواية الجيدة ؟ ...
الرواية الجيدة هى التى يجافيك النوم بسببها ... تدور فى فلكها أيام وليال متأثرا

بلاد ما وراء النهر .. اذربيجان .. القوقاز ... الشيشان ... سمرقند ..

بلاد كان اول اكتشافى لها فى رواية قمر على سمرقند للمنسى قنديل
بلاد لم اكن اعلم عنها شيئا تماما وتسقط من حساباتى ... فاذا بالرواية
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محمد
Oct 27, 2014 محمد rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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তাহসিন রেজা
“আলী ও নিনো” বইখানা আমার দেরাজ আলমারিতে অনেকদিন ধরে পড়ে ছিল। অনেক না পড়া বইয়ের ভিড়ে লুকিয়ে ছিল কিভাবে যেন!! কোন এক বই মেলায় কেনা হয়েছিলো। পুরনো বই ঘাটতে ঘাটতে বের হয়ে আসলো। পড়া শুরু করার পর বুঝলাম এতদিন হাতের লকষমী পায়ে ঠেলে বসেছিলাম! অপূরব একটা বই!!!

“আলী ও নিনো” এক আজেরি যুবক আলী খান শিরভানশির এর গলপ যে জরজিয়ান তরুণী ‘নিনোর’ পরেমে পড়ে। আলী সমভরানত মুসলিম পরিবারের সনতান, অপরদিকে নিনো জরজিয়ার উচচবংশীয় খৃষটান পরিবারের মেয়ে। তবে ধরম অথবা দেশ, সংসকৃতি অথবা মূলযবোধ কোন কিছুই তাদের পরেমে বাধা হয়ে উঠতে
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Three and one half stars

Ali Khan Shirvanshir tells the story of how he and Nino grew up together in Baku on the Caspian Sea. He's a Mohammedan, she's a Christian, but they only want each other. Ali Khan likes to portray himself as a fierce warrior ready for battle, but really he just wants to love Nino and make her happy.
As the events of the First World War and the Russian Revolution make Baku unsafe, they go to live in Persia (now Iran), with Ali Khan's uncle. But Nino cannot be happy in Persi
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إبراهيم   عادل
لا أعلم يقينًا من أين أتاني أن هذه الرواية رائعة.. ولكن لا شك أن هذا التقدير المسبق كان عاملاً سلبيًا أثناء قراءتي، ولا أعلم أيضًا من "العبقري" الذي كتب التعريف بهذه الرواية لكي تبدو وكأنها الرواية التي لا مثيل لها، يقول (الرواية تدب فيك، وتصبح جزءًا من كيانك بحيث يصعب الانقطاع عنها لأي شاغل؛ فهي، مع حجمها المتوسط، تكاد تحيط بما يحيطه كتاب بآلاف الصفحات) هذا الكلام المبالغ فيه جدًا، والذي يمكن أن تطلقه بسهولة على أي رواية تعجبك جدًا فيما بعد، قد تسيء لرواية تبدو عادية، حتى وإن كانت فكرتها مختلفة ...more
book.amour
Mar 20, 2016 book.amour rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-of-asia
When I picked Ali and Nino for my Books-of-Asia read from Azerbaijan, I was skeptical, owing to the fact that this is a love story, and I generally run away from romances. By the time I finished however, I was captivated. Ali and Nino is more than a love story. It is passion, religion, war, history, culture, honor, beliefs, friendship, and so much more.

Set in a small town in Baku, Azerbaijan at the onset of the First World War, it is a narrative through the eyes of Ali Khan Shirvanshir, growing
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Filip
May 21, 2012 Filip rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 (symbolising Europe, Christendom and civilisation) against the short-lived independence of Azerbaijan around WWI. The author clearly had some familiary with the Caucasus, and I enjoyed the detailed descriptions of life in old Baku, Dagestan and Teheran, or of the customs of the other nations that co-existed ...more
Maryam Same Same
علي
ونينو
قصه حب بدات ع مقاعد الدراسه
ينتميين الى ثقافتين مختلفتين هو اسيوي وهي اوربيه
هو مسلم وهي مسيحيه وسط كل هذا ينمو الحب
الاحداث تدور بين اذربيجان \داغستان \ايران بعد الحرب العالميه الاولى
الروايه كقصه واسلوب وحبكه بسيطه
اوافق الراي ان كثير مبالغين بمدحها بمقدمه الناشر او اراء جودريدز
حسين العُمري
حين تكون مدينتك هي الجسر الذي يربط الشرق بالغرب وآسيا بأوروبا وتكون أنت واقفاً في المنتصف بين أن تكون أوروبياً متصفاً بكل صفات هذا الأمر من مظاهر وبين أن تكون آسيوياً تعيش تقاليد ذلك العالم وعاداته ، حين يحب المسلم الآذري مسيحية جورجية ويتزوجها ويعيش بين هذا وذاك ، رواية تأخذ القاريء إلى عالم باكو المدينة التي تتنازعها القوى في زمن الحرب العالمية الأولى حيث تجتمع حولها روسيا وإيران وتركيا وانجلترا وحيث الحياة التي يتقاسمها الأرمن والمسلمون والروس ، باكو النفط والمدينة القديمة داخل الأسوار والحب ...more
Wendy,  Lady Evelyn Quince
Back in 1997 I was in college, forced to read what I thought would be another stupid book for a stupid humanities class. In one night I read ALI and NINO and was totally captivated. The love in this book is so intense it defies description.

But it is not just a love story. This is a story about survival and change and upheaval.

The story has a dream-like quality to it, and like with many dreams, we are left with a longing to go back and experience it again. The ending IS sad, but it couldn't have
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Huseyn Ahadzade
Çox təriflənməyinə baxmayaraq, çox da ürəyimcə olmadı. Səbəb? süjet xəttini sevmədim. Bəlkə də bu qədər təriflənməyinə görə, gözləntilərimi qarşılamadı. Bilmirəm. Amma köhnə Bakını, İçərişəhəri, "əsl Bakı əhlini" tanımağınıza, sevmənizə, həyat tərzləri ilə tanış olmağınıza böyük qatqısı olacaq. Məncə bu əsərin bu qədər şişirdilməsi, Əsərin ən böyük "silahı" "Azərbaycan cümhuriyyətini dünyaya tanıtmaqdır". Amma azadlıq naminə qərblilərin "ağzının içinə" bu qədər düşməyi istəməzdim.
Evelyn Puerto
Aug 26, 2010 Evelyn Puerto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a gem. I first read it 25 years ago, and have re-read it at least four times since. This is a wonderful love story set in Azerjaiban in the years leading up to the First World War. Ali (a Muslim) falls in love with Nino (a Christian), leading to conflict and tragedy. Woven into the story are glimpses of Azeri customs and beliefs, leaving the reader with the sense of having been there and actually knowing the people in the book. This is one I never wanted to end.
Dee
Dec 03, 2012 Dee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book perfectly records the differences in cultures, languages, Islam & Christianity, the East and the West, the history of Azerbaijan, Nationalism, the WWI, the mountain villages, the desert but above all the tragic love of two young people. The story of an Azerbaijani Ali and a Georgian Princess Nino, written in a beautiful language..
Gulare
Jul 23, 2015 Gulare rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best Love Story ...more
Karen
Jul 07, 2011 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Darrell Delamaide
This novel by Kurban Said is subtitled "A Love Story" and it has something of a cult following. It is a remarkable and unusual book. The love story of Ali Khan Shirvanshir and Nino Kipiani begins in their school days in Baku and survives ethnic animosity, kidnapping, exile and even revolution. This relatively short novel has all the epic sweep of a Doctor Zhivago, painting whole new worlds for the reader to explore.

Azerbaijan was the Saudi Arabia of the first half of the 20th century, supplying
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Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
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 Nino is set mostly in Baku, Azerbaijan, around the start of World War I. The two young people of the title--Ali Khan Shirvanshir, a Shi’ite Muslim of Iranian descent, and Nino Kipiani, a Georgian Chr
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James
Jan 15, 2009 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In pre-World War I Azerbaijan the cultural chasms are as deep as the oil wells that surround the city. Muslim Ali Khan, the scion of the wealthy and powerful Shirvanshir family, has fallen in love with Princess Nino Kipiani, the daughter of a rich Christian merchant family. Their courtship, opposed by family and friends, is disrupted by the outbreak of war. A time of great change is coming for Russia and for the Middle East, and the young lovers must decide whether they belong to Europe or Asia. ...more
Lara
This sucked me in right from the start, and I had a really hard time putting it down, despite the fact that it says, "a love story" on the cover. I'm just not generally a fan of love stories--so many of them seem so trite and unbelievable, and so I will admit that I put off reading this for a long time. Shame on me.

Anyway, what hooked me is that this really isn't just a love story between a man of Azerbaijan and a woman of Georgia, although yes, that's obviously a huge part of it, but it's also
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Robert Palmer
Aug 02, 2014 Robert Palmer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was published in Germay in 1937, the English translation didn't happen until 1970. It has been billed as a love story and in the first couple of chapters I thought that it might be a reworking of Romeo and Juliet. I was wrong.Ali Kshan Shirvanshir is of a noble Persian family of the Muslim faith and Nimo is an Armenian Christian, both of them growing up in Baku,near the Caspian Sea. The story starts on the Eve of WW1 and ends during the Russian Revolution and although the couples relat ...more
محمد على عطية
قصة آسرة, تدور أحداثها وقت الحرب العظمى الأولى ما بين القوقاز و فارس. القصة بها الكثير من التفاصيل عن الحياة في أذربيجان و جورجيا و أرمينا و داغستان و بلاد فارس, و أثر الإختلاف الديني و المذهبي, و الصراع بين الإنتماء للشرق أو الغرب
Hasan El gebaly
Mar 13, 2012 Hasan El gebaly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lev Nussimbaum (1905 - 1942) was a prolific Jewish writer who reinvented himself as a Muslim under the pseudonyms Essad Bey and Kurban Said. Despite his being an ethnic Jew, his politics were such that, before his origins were discovered, the Nazi propaganda ministry included his works on their list of "excellent books for German minds".
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