Literature for Week 17: Azerbaijan

Heralded as a classic love story like Romeo and Juliet or Dr. Zhivago of the Caucasus, Ali and Nino is a novel about a romance between a Muslim Azerbaijani boy and a Christian Georgian girl in Baku in the years 1918-1920.
Preview the book here: amazon.

The book was first published in Vienna in 1937 under the pseudonym Kurban Said. Since then the identity behind this nom de plume is disputed by scholars. Various theories have been published, including the 2004 documentary Alias Kurban Saïd. Directed by Jos de Putter and narrated by Bruno Ganz, the film was featured in Variety magazine and lauded as a ‘magnificent historical whodunit’.

Alias Kurban Saïd on vimeo:


Watch here

In 2016 a film based on the book was released:

sources and starting point for more research:
Ali and Nino on Wikipedia
Alias Kurban Saïd review on
Alias Kurban Saïd on
Ali and Nino (2016) on


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