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Ali şi Nino

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  5,954 ratings  ·  674 reviews
Kurban Said subjugă cititorul cu gustul atemporal, aspru şi sofisticat al Asiei. Farmecul misterios al tradiţiilor şi preceptelor musulmane, chemarea irezistibilă a stepei şi a mării se desfăşoară asemenea unui opulent covor de Isfahan, prin descrieri delicate, elaborate.

În ajunul Primului Război Mondial, în Baku, Azerbaidjan, Ali Han Şirvanshir este un elev de liceu care
Paperback, Iubiri de altădată, 296 pages
Published February 4th 2013 by ALLFA (first published 1937)
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Feb 06, 2014 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
Ahmad Sharabiani
Ali und Nino = Ali and Nino: A Love Story, Kurban Said
Ali and Nino is a novel about a romance between a Muslim Azerbaijani boy and Christian Georgian girl in Baku in the years 1918–1920. It explores 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 era of Soviet rule. It was published under the pseudonym Kurban Said. The novel has been published
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
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 should call 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,
Nov 25, 2009 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
Other than the title would make you assume this is not a romance novel, but rather a history book.

The 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 century.

I did not particularly enjoy this book but in acknowledgement of its historical importance I rate it with 3 stars.


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Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ali and Nino would be a quite 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 Osman empire are just a few cataclysms affecting the region. Secondly, the author of the book is unknown. The book is written fr ...more
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
Sep 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 then elaborated 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 either.
Missy J
'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 eight years ago. He was stabbed on the day he came. Now the police are looking for Dadash Beg. But they won't find him, although everybody 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 i
Jan 28, 2016 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
Jeanette (Again)
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
Fidan Selim-Zade
My Baku, my Azerbaijan... Where the East meets West ❤️
A novel that is more than a love story, it is a story deeply interweaving history, war, culture of East and West, religion, honor, love to the Motherland ... A story of two persons of different world views who keep their devotion and love to each other at the times of metamorphosis of the world they live in. A story of friendship, honor and patriotism .. A must read novel.
Maybe it's not the greatest writing but it is covers the land of Azerbaijan in the years leading up to WWI and it's short lived independence before being absorbed into the USSR.
There is a love story but the highlight is the comparison of the lands sitting between Asia and Europe. The differences in religions, geography, beliefs and cultures of the people of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran and Russia are all covered with clarity and acceptance of the various differences. Hard to believe it is
Cindy Rollins
Ali and Nino is a masterful weaving of the history of the Caucasus area during WWI. It interweaves the lives and ethos of a Christian Georgian girl, Nino, with an Azerbaijan boy, Ali. Far more than a love story it is beautiful picture of the time of WWI in the area. How the area is deeply affected and yet strangely apart. As a western Christian I was most deeply disturbed when Ali has to escape with Nino to Persia. Her life there becomes untenable but his life is spiritually untenable in a weste ...more
Strangely enough, I never heared of this book before. As a classic, it feels very modern. The love story between two people from completely different backgrounds isn’t too cheesy and rather interesting as it shows the gap that was between a Muslim and a Christian, the difficulties they had to overcome and the misunderstandings. I enjoyed the way the book gives a few on a world that is so distant in time, place and culture.
This romantic novel is set in Azerbaijan during the ebbing period of imperialism's "Great Game" & along the fault-lines of history, involving a Georgian Christian girl, Nino Kipiani & a charming Moslem boy from Baku, Ali Khan Shirvanshir & their steadfast bond harkens back to "Romeo & Juliet" and other cross-cultural stories. But more than just that, the book represents a literary excavation, a rediscovered work, long out of print, portraying a time & place on the verge of great upheaval, about ...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
Evelyn Puerto
Aug 26, 2010 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.
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
May 17, 2012 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
Feb 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Odd, peculiar, strange little book from a vastly different time and place. The story begins prior to WWI in a cultural and geographical area that exists at the crossroads of east and west. This is Baku around the time when oil is first drilled much to the dismay of those who would rather build a new mosque there. Characters, depending on their religion and social standing, are either fleeing to Iran - called Persia -, Dagestan (to escape a blood feud), or Sweden to escape the “barbarians.” The l ...more
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019, read-2014
I first ran across this novel in a magazine review, and my amazing local bookstore helped me find it with the barest of remembered details. It had been several years since I read it, and it had come up a few times in conversation (and on the Facebook "10 influential novels" list) so I figured it was time for a re-read.
Haunting, beautiful, aching, spare. It pierced my heart as much the second time. Although, I do admit to having forgotten some of the history about the story, and enjoyed reading t
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being an Azerbaijani myself, I find something new over and over when I read this book. Beautifully written love story by Kurban Said, blend of East and West, the history, scenery, old Baku, mentality.... Ali khan is and will remain my literary love...
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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
Dec 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lp2000s
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
This is such a gem of a love story. I am not a fan of love stories, so I began this with trepidation. But it surpassed my expectations in many ways.

Ali and Nino are part of the two different worlds that exist side by side in Baku, Azerbaijan. Ali Khan is a Shiite Muslim from an ancient family and Nino is a Christian Georgian princess. They have known and loved each other since childhood. The odds are against them being allowed to marry because of their religious and cultural differences. Ali Kh
Mary Alice
Four and a half stars.

Ali and Nino is an almost impossible love story between two young people, a Mohammedan man of Persia and a Christian woman of Georgia. The couple grow up together in the Azerbaijan town of Baku, and their marriage takes place as World War I rages. It is tempting to think of this as a Romeo and Juliet story, but the families of Ali and Nino agree a bit too quickly to their marriage to invite a strict comparison to R & J. Instead, it is the attachments of each of the lovers
Sure, it's melodramatic, and sure, it tugs at the heartstrings way too hard in a very 19th Century fashion, but it's so hard not to love the story and the setting, and be at least a little bit enraptured with Ali and Nino as characters in tough times. And the origin of it, which remains largely unknown -- but published in Austria and most likely cobbled together by a German Jew claiming to be a Turkish Muslim by embellishing (if you're nice) or plagiarizing (if you're not) some Azerbaijani and G ...more
Jul 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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