Kurban Said, Author Overlook Press $ (p) ISBN Nino, ensconced in a villa in Tehran, keeps her pregnancy by Ali a secret as. Quite the contrary, for Ali and Nino by Kurban Said is a thrilling love the Azerbaijani Muslim Ali and the Georgian Christian Nino in Baku in. Out of print for nearly three decades until the hardcover re-release last year, Ali and Nino is Kurban Said’s masterpiece. It is a captivating novel.

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They are related to the last period of Azerbaijan’s Independence, a two-year collection of the newspaper Azerbaijan in Russian, The News of Azerbaijan Republic Governmentalong with magazines and books about our national economy, and documents describing Armenian-Muslim conflict in Lurban.

The old East was dead. Ali then flees to Daghestan to escape the vengeance of Nachararyan’s family. Anchor Books- Fiction – pages. Alison Mandaville’s articles on Azerbaijani literature and culture include “Mullahs to Donkeys: Find your local bookstore at booksellers. Schoenberg on Sald 31, And later Ali’s father advises him to refrain from beating his wife when she’s pregnant but assures him that he must be her master. This would explain why the novel’s basic ideas could come from Chamanzaminli, murban some of the folkloric peripheral decorative elements can absolutely be traced to Essad Bey.

Ali And Nino by Kurban Said – Penguin Books Australia

Furthermore, she did not trust Essad Bey in regard to the contracts: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Near the end of the novel, we see Ali in the act of writing it. This wonderful novel — beautifully constructed, vivid and persuasive, a love story at once exotic and familiar — is living proof that art is indestructible and transcendent. Az – Georgian director hopes to make documentary on Ali and Nino novel”.

Blair purports that this stop in Vienna is possible because Chamanzaminli “would have” taken the Orient Express which passed through Vienna because it was “the most famous saix route of its day.

What has Nino risked to make this visit? One such scene occurs during the poetry duel, before which ‘two valiant lords of song’ hurl insults at each other. Given Ali’s character and beliefs, is the outcome of the story inevitable?


And that there are certain parts on which they worked together. As turmoil follows the Russian Revolution, Ali Khan makes some tough ideological decisions. Historically, the Bolsheviks would go on to hijack the Azerbaijani government, on April 28, In what ways do these forces threaten and ultimately destroy their happiness? He left Austria for Italy soon after and died there, of unknown While the novel itself portrays a cultural crossroads that is a microcosm kuran the confluence and conflict between East and West, the story behind the book is a lesson in 20th-century history.

To help us recommend your next book, tell us what you enjoy reading. 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.

Of course, this Italian edition was brought to press by Dr. 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. Subscribe to Read More to find out about similar books. The situation is not fiction. Me and Nino, a Christian, who eats with knife and The translator, Semih Yazichioghlu, writes in this preface that two Azerbaijanis living in the United States — Mustafa Turkekul who has said that he studied with Chamanzaminli in the s and Yusuf Gahraman a former teacher and radiologist read the book when the first English translation came out in It may require cleanup to comply with Wikipedia’s content policies, particularly neutral point of view.

The two marry on the spot and spend a few months in blissful poverty. And it would have been so entirely unlike me. The true identity behind the pseudonym ” Kurban Said ” has been the subject of some dispute.

Kurban Said must have been an Azeri. Vezirov referred to an article from the s, the kjrban of which, in Vezirov’s characterization, resented Nussimbaum’s use of the name ninp Bey” and protested “that he wrote pornography that had nothing to do with history, that he was just inciting nations against each other. In retaliation, Ali pursues him on horseback, overtakes his “lacquered box” car and stabs him to death with a dagger.

Much of this echoes Tom Reiss’s account of Nussimbaum’s writing. Chamanzaminli’s late sons Orkhan and Al have continued to make the claim.


The claim that the Azerbaijani novelist Yusif Vazir, known popularly as Yusif Vazir Chamanzaminliis the true author of Ali and Nino appears to have begun in the preface to the Turkish edition of the novel, in which the Turkish translator Semih Yazichioghlu, claimed that Lucy Tal, the late widow of the original publisher E.

Reiss also quotes letters in which Nussimbaum unequivocally affirms being the novel’s author. Ali describes his princess as “the most beautiful girl in the world with the most beautiful nose and slim – far too slim for the taste of the Orient. Tal, the novel’s original publisher, believed that “Essad Bey” Nussimbaum had probably written it but that she was not sure as her husband Peter had dealt with the contracts but had died suddenly of a heart attack and she had fled Vienna with the Anshcluss.

Ali and Nino

The characters, settings, and plot all combine to make this book come alive. Chamanzaminli had been in a romantic relationship with a girlfriend named Nina who, he argued, became “Nino” in the novel. But it is possible that Essad Bey supplied some of the material. An Italian edition using the title Ali Khan [74] appeared in with the author listed as M[ohammed] Essad Bey, Nussimbaum’s pen name. Fourth, according to the April 20, contract with E.

From Wikipedia, the free kkrban. Reiss quotes Brailow, in his unpublished memoirs, as remembering that Nussimbaum had a “talent for telling stories. Lacking any evidence of a material connection, Blair offers instead an accumulation of parallels. At first she swid, until Ali promises that he will not make her wear the veil, or be part of a harem. Blair relies on an accumulation of evidence employed to suggest that Lev Nussimbaum, who wrote as Essad Bey, could not have written Ali and Nino by himself.

She posits that Chamanzaminli “did stop in Berlin in “, citing a statement Chamanzaminli made under interrogation to a Soviet police agency and asserting, based on this source, that “we know for certain” that he visited Berlin.