Ali And Nino
Ali Khan and Nino Kipiani live in the cosmopolitan, oil-rich capital of Azerbaijan which, at the beginning of the twentieth century, is a melting-pot of different cultures. Ali is a Muslim, with his ancestors’ passion for the desert, and Nino is a Christian Georgian girl with sophisticated European ways. Despite their differences, the two have loved each other since childhood and Ali is determined that he will marry Nino as soon as she leaves school. But there is not only the obstacle of their different religions and parental consent to overcome. The First World War breaks out. As the Russians withdraw, the Turks advance, and Ali and Nino find themselves swept up in Azerbaijan’s fight for independence.
A beautiful novel -- Paul Theroux One feels as if one had dug up buried treasure...an epic cultural change that seems more immediate than this morning's headlines... An extraordinary novel * New York Times * A blazing masterpiece... I cannot think of so moving a love story in modern fiction * Washington Star * Poignant and beautiful...alive with a vividly unique vision of colliding cultures and enduring love * The Times * Its beauty and power and the sheer pleasure that it gives are indestructible * Sunday Times *
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