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Multiculturalism and revolutions in the caucasus: Ali and Nino
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CitationHaliloğlu, N. (2017). Multiculturalism and revolutions in the caucasus: Ali and Nino. Açık Medeniyet, 1, 24.
Kurban Said’s 1937 novel Ali and Nino tells the story of a pair of lovers from Baku whose lives are dramatically altered in the aftermath of the revolutions and new nation states arising post World War I. Although, from the juxtaposition of names, the premise seems to be an ‘intercultural love story’, the trials and tribulations of Ali and Nino, a Muslim Azeri and a Christian Georgian, stem more from jealous rivalry and the vicissitudes of war than from irreconcilable differences between their life styles. The lovers’ fate being bound to larger revolutions in the world comes across more strongly in the successful 2016 film version directed by Asif Kapadia, than in the novel which lingers over Ali’s brooding that Nino might not fit in within a harem context. These musings, however, mostly remain conjecture on Ali’s part, and the discussion between the lovers, and later as man and wife, continue as to what kind of living quarters they will set up once the wars have ended and Ali who has killed his Armenian rival and is afraid the man’s family will take revenge can return to Baku. Their love flourishes in makeshift homes in the mountains of Dagestan and during a brief sojourn in Iran before its ultimate test against the rigours of keeping a house as a married couple.