Ali and Nino by Kurban Said

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Ali and Nino is the epic novel of enduring romance in a time of war. It has been hailed as one of the most romantic epic novels of all time.

Ali and Nino, two lovers from vastly different backgrounds, grow up together in carefree innocence in Baku on the Caspian Sea. Here, where Eastern and Occidental collide, they are inevitably drawn into the events of the First World War and the Russian Revolution. Torn apart by the turmoil, Ali joins the defense of Azerbajan from the onslaught of the Red Army, and Nino flees to the safety of Paris with their child, not knowing whether they will ever see each other again. A sweeping tale, as romantic and gripping as Gone with the Wind or Dr. Zhivago, it portrays, against a gloriously exotic backdrop, the enduring love between childhood friends divided by their separate cultures.

About Kurban Said

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Kurban Said was the pseudonym of Lev Nussimbaum, who grew up in Baku and died in Italy in 1942.
Published September 1, 1999 by The Overlook Press. 240 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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This delicate intercultural love story was written pseudonymously by a Tartar who fled first the Bolesheviks and then the Germans only to die among the Italian fascists.

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First published in 1937 and issued in the U.S. by Random House in 1970, Said's romantic tale of young love and political upheaval in Central Asia calls for violins and handkerchiefs. Set mostly in Aze

Aug 30 1999 | Read Full Review of Ali and Nino

Deseret News

When Ali expresses his need to be Asian and Nino's need to be European, she says, " 'Forgive your Nino, Ali Khan.

Feb 27 2005 | Read Full Review of Ali and Nino

Daily Kos

My home, sweet home - - - - !.

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Austin Chronicle

Ali is a young man born into the old and illustrious family of the Shirvanshirs, a Mohammedan who loves the vast stare of the desert almost as much as he loves Nino Kipiani, a beautiful, strong-willed Christian Georgian princess.

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