Ali and Nino by Kurban Said

IMG_6072Set in Baku, Azerbaijan. Reviewed on 2017/08: https://www.instagram.com/p/BXsmiuGBppk/

I believe this book came to me hailed as the one to read on #azerbaijan Described as a #lovestory with #historicalfiction tendencies, well I had to give it a shot. And I’m glad I did but not for those reasons. The underlying “battle” to identify the area and characters as rather #europeans or #middleeastern was probably my favorite part. As usual these definitions are completely subjective and come from external sources especially in #transcaucasia where frontiers have changed so many times and also people have mingled for centuries. The #bakudescribed in these pages is a very #cosmopolitan and modern city aiming at moving forward but also safeguarding ancient traditions and local cultures. Once the war comes, those altruistic goals fly off the window and every community becomes a scared tribe looking up only for themselves… Another interesting point is the novel itself. There is a lot of mystery behind the pseudonym #kurbansaid and the fact that the book first appeared in #german in Vienna in the 1930s. #azerbaijaniliterature #aliandnino#aliundnino #georgian #tbilisi #caucasus#russian #armenian #persian #baki

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