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Ali und Nino

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There is a large genre of novels elated 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 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 euest 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 e thinking that this will turn out to be a typical star crossed lovers meet at garden walls and ne er 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 eferred to by their eligion 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 ever divided along every line possible eligion politics economics and of course the powerful new god of NationalismThis is than anything else a meditation on definitions 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 on earth and no one seems to mind that the next town over also claims that they e the best ever Not in this melting pot of an area Everything that everyone 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 e after seducing her with the idea of living in Europe and escaping 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 every action is a statement every 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 extension does many things that might make him seem to lean towards Europe for the sake of putting the smile back in Nino s eyes 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 ide out into the desert or stand on top of his oof 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 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 epliedDadiani s childish eyes 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 ays are lost in twilight s Spring Cleaning (Virago Poetry) rays are in the twilight the trees In this twilight everything is unreal No I do not love he trees The shadows of the wood oppress me and it makes me sad to hear theustling 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 Classic Sunil Gangopadhyay 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 I 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 example 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 theepresentative 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 The Unemployed Guy's Guide to Unemployment 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 everyone express both their superiority and their shortcomings in or less eual measure no one group is allowed to be pure For instance our heroepeatedly 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 happy even at the cost of his own identity and is generally the most honest kind and The Patriots Club reflective character in the book Charactersepresenting 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 e 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 * the machine gun or say the word trenches condemn what all the civilization of Europe has come to The fact that he wrote this on the eve of yet another world war is even poignant I ve heard that this is considered the Azeri national novel I d believe that It gives a visceral picture of the history culture and every day life of the area at the time and than that deals with the larger conflicts that still plague the egion today And not only the Border War: Fighting Over Slavery Before the Civil War region elsewhere in the world as well The story of the author ties in to the theme of this work As fascinating as the noveleally 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 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 First published in Vienna in 1937 this classic story of Käse romance and adventure has been compared to Dr Zhivago and Romeo and Juliet  Its mysterious author wasecently 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 Hired Girl reelease last year Ali and Nino is Kurban Said's masterpiece It is a captivating novel as evocative of the exotic desert landscape as it is of the passion between two people pull. Or 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 The Service of the State: The IAS Reconsidered 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 mixedeligious society the problem of what identity one eally 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 Other than the title would make you assume this is not a omance novel but ather a history bookThe author uses the muslim Ali and the Georgian christian Nino as personification of the oriental espective European culture and describes the heavy culture clash taking place in Aserbaijan at the beginning of the 20th centuryI did not particularly enjoy this book but in acknowledgement of its historical importance I Finding Caruso rate it with 3 stars Man k nnte schon allein durch den Titel vermuten dass es sich hier um einen Liebesroman handelt Am Anfang des 20 Jahrhunderts verlieben sich in Baku die Teenager Ali und Nino beides verw hnte Spr lingeeicher und m chtiger Familien Trotz des kulturell unterschiedlichen Hintergrunds kommt es nach einigem Hin und Her zu einer Eheschlie ungAls Leser merkt man dannn aber echt schnell dass Ali und Nino nur Platzhalter f die orientalische bzw europ 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 Nationalismus der jungen M nner gest Số phận chú bé đánh trống rt und der allgegenwtigen Frauenverachtung Nat A Southern Moderate in Radical Times: Henry Washington Hilliard, 1808-1892 rlich wei ich dass das den Tatsachen geschuldet ist dennoch macht es keinen Spa dar ber zu lesen M glicherweise spielte es auch eine wesentliche Rolle dass der Autor Ali als Ich Erz hler angelegt hatte der dadurch die M glichkeit hatte seine unreifen undeaktion Iran ren Ansichten im berma an den Leser zu bringenIn Anbetracht des historischen Werts dieses Buches gebe ich 3 Sterne obwohl die Lekte f Tagebuch r mich kein Genuss war 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 himather blankly He then elaborated on the significance of such corresponding with the book I presently held eady to purchase I see This occurred ather slowly mind you I bought such and ead it that weekend Oh I didn t give the biography to Tim either Ali und Nino Ali and Nino A Love Story Kurban SaidAli and Nino is a novel about a omance between a Muslim Azerbaijani boy and Christian Georgian girl in Baku in the years 1918 1920 It explores the dilemmas created by European Access to English. Test pack 4 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 Sovietule It was published under the pseudonym Kurban Said The novel has been published in than 30 languages with than 100 editions or eprints The book was first published in Vienna in German in 1937 This classic story of omance and adventure has been compared to Dr Zhivago and Romeo and Juliet Its mysterious author was Hoffnung Mensch 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 evocative of the exotic desert landscape as it is of the passion between two people pulled apart by cultureeligion and war It is the eve of World War I in Baku Azerbaijan a city on the edge of the Caspian Sea poised precariously between east and west Ali Khan Shirvanshir a Muslim schoolboy from a proud aristocratic family has fallen in love with the beautiful and enigmatic Nino Kipiani a Christian girl with distinctly European sensibilities To be together they must overcome blood feud and scandal attempt a daring horseback escue and travel from the bustling street of oil boom Baku through starkly beautiful deserts and emote mountain villages to the opulent palace of Ali s
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in neighboring Persia Ultimately 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 exotic fascination of a tale told by Scheherazade with the ange and magnificence of an epic Ali and Nino is a timeless classic of love in the face of war 1984 1362 231 20 1371 302 1396 360 9786008513025 I hesitate to write any eview bc I feel I cannot do this book justice I simply adored it Probably the best book I will ead 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 love explores how dramatically different cultures can be blended given the ight circumstances in this true love West meets East In This Novel You in this novel You both ways of looking 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 The Witch who was a princess 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 love each other STILL see everything so completely differently It is beautiful to see how they compromise for each other And it is horrible to see when there is no possible compromise Theeader gets both a familiar and an exotic world laid out before them You ead 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 On every single page ideas are beautifully 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 eader thinking WOW or pondering a particular thought or way of looking at life Now I will ead 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 eflected int this novel 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 than I ever imagined about the early 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 Jeden výdych koňa recommend it Ali and Nino A Love Story Believe me deareader there is nothing guaranteed to make me Eleanor, Quiet No More 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 hereB. Ed apart by cultureeligion and warIt is the eve of World War I in Baku Azerbaijan a city on the edge of the Caspian Sea poised precariously between east and west  Ali Khan Shirvanshir a Muslim schoolboy from a proud aristocratic family has fallen in love with the beautiful and enigmatic Nino Kipiani a Christian girl with distinctly European sensibilities   To be together they must overcome blood feud and scandal attempt a daring horseback escue and travel from the bustling street of oil bo. Ut this exceptional book made it onto the mountainous TBR pile which is cu Read on the WondrousBooks blog 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 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 depth to Ali and Nino than just the star crossed lovers theme I showed some generosity with the ating even though the narrative and writing weren t so much to my tasteAnother note that I would like to make is that I usually What It Takes: Fighting for My Life and My Love of the Game review books in the language Iead them in this case Azerbaijani bu 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 Luftwaffe Fighters 1945 (Topcolors) 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 Russianevolution the Young Turks and the fall of Osman empire are just a few cataclysms affecting the egion Secondly the author of the book is unknown The book is written from the perspective of Ali the young and ich Muslim Prince But the most likely author is a Jewish exile 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 ecommend to ead this book if you are interested in the atmosphere and the history of the place The book is brilliant in describing the Caucasian Wonderful Memories of It's a Wonderful Life region at the beginning of the last century I could not stop but feeling that the destiny of Caucasus falling under the Sovietule was not inevitable at all Instead it was the one of the cruel cards served to the Green Eyed Envy region in geopolitical games between the big powers Obviously a bit idealised but Baku is described as a cosmopolitan vibrantich city where Muslims Christians and foreigners live together in a The A-List Diet Fitness Plan relative piece It was the fringe of the Russian Empire before theevolution However strong case for the independence of the The Amethyst Road regioneally existed 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 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 for example The King's Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of Thomas Wolsey 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 enigmaticegion Armenia and Georgia existed 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 The Lupus Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Guide for Patients and Families resonated with me on personal level Iteminded me the well forgotten trip of my youth The one of my first 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 we experienced 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 men with the business 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 ejected 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 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 far enough 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 empty 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 *where men only were having tea from very small cups while biting sugar stones What was also striking how friendly * men only were having tea from very small cups while biting sugar stones What was also striking how friendly people were towards each other One might stop a trolleybus anywhere by just aising a hand It was the end pf 1989 I believe We left and in a few months Baku has become a centre of the bloody events 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 elatively straightforward 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 and a moving love story I personally was grateful for the opportunity of e living some moments of my 16 year old self which the book has dogged out from my memory 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 is Die Zarin reading this while we are visiting Azerbaijan I have justead 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 Meaning in History: The Theological Implications of the Philosophy of History region Thanks to these books I had some basic knowledge about the diversity of theegion 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. Om Baku through starkly beautiful deserts and emote 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 exotic fascination of a tale told by Scheherazade with the ange and magnificence of an epic Ali and Nino is a timeless classic of love in the face of war.