Other books byKurban Said
The Girl from the Golden Horn
Set in 1928, Kurban Said’s classic novel of thwarted love, exile, and desire explores the clash of values between conservative prewar Istanbul and decadent postwar Berlin, as well as the tensions between Muslims and Christians. Ultimately, it is the story of one girl’s choice between two worlds. Asiadeh Anbara and her father, once members of the Turkish royal court, have fled the collapse of the Ottoman empire to start a new life in Berlin. Years earlier Asiadeh had been engaged to a Turkish prince, but now, under the spell of the West, the nineteen-year-old Muslim girl falls in love and marries a Viennese doctor, an “unbeliever.” When the prince reappears, Asiadeh finds herself torn between the marriage she made in good faith and the promise made long ago. Written in 1938 and now translated into English for the first time, The Girl from the Golden Horn is a suspenseful and strikingly beautiful novel that remains powerful and moving today.
Ali y Nino
First published in Vienna in 1937, this classic story of romance and adventure tells the tale of Ali, a young Muslim aristocrat who falls in love with the beautiful and enigmatic Nino, a young Christian princess. Set against the backdrop of a city in transition and on the eve of war, this novel relates the passion between two people pulled apart by culture, religion, and war. Considered the national novel of Azerbaijan, this book is a beautifully haunting masterpiece. Publicada por primera vez en Viena en 1937, este relato clásico de romance y aventura cuenta la historia de Alí, un joven aristócrata musulmán que se enamora de la bella y enigmática Nino, una joven princesa cristiana. Con una ciudad en transición y el estallido de la primera guerra mundial como su trasfondo, esta novela narra la pasión entre dos personas que han sido separados por su cultura, su religión y la guerra. Considerada como la novela nacional de Azerbaiyán, este libro es una obra maestra bellamente evocadora.