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Ali and Nino

by Kurban Said

How do you choose between your love for your wife and your love for your country? In this moving love story, a young Muslim man has to deal with the conflicting demands which arise in his previously untroubled life. The historical setting of the story means that at times you have to be tolerant of the cultural differences between East and West.

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'Good evening, Seyd,'
Nino's voice was controlled, but she sounded depressed. Syd Mustafa jumped up. His pock-marked face showed something like terror. Nino sat down on the mats:
'Another cup of tea, Seyd?
From the corridor we heard innumerable slippers scurrying to and fro. The House of Shirvanshir's honour had collapsed for ever. It took Seyd several minutes to recover from his horror. Nino made a little face at him:
'I was not afraid of machine-guns, and I won't be afraid of your eunuchs.'
Translated by Jenia Graman

Parallels

The Persian Bride: a Novel by James Buchan
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
 

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