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Ali & NinoAli and Nino tells the tragic love story of a Muslim boy named Ali and a Georgian Princess named Nino who come from different religious backgrounds.

Written in German and published in 1937 by Austrian publisher, E.P. Tal, Ali & Nino has been translated into more than 30 languages.  While credit for the novel is given to Azerbaijani author Kurban Said, it is thought that this is a pseudonym.

It has been hailed as one of the most romantic epic novels of all time. Ali and Nino, two lovers from vastly different backgrounds, grow up together in carefree innocence in Baku on the Caspian Sea. Here, where Eastern and Occidental collide, they are inevitably drawn into the events of the First World War and the Russian Revolution. Torn apart by the turmoil, Ali joins the defense of Azerbajan from the onslaught of the Red Army, and Nino flees to the safety of Paris with their child, not knowing whether they will ever see each other again. A sweeping tale, as romantic and gripping as Gone with the Wind or Dr. Zhivago, it portrays, against a gloriously exotic backdrop, the enduring love between childhood friends divided by their separate cultures.” (Amazon)

Drawing on the beauty of this story, Georgian sculptor Tamara Kvesitadze has created a magnificent 8 meter (26 foot) tall moving sculpture.  Titled “Man and Woman” and designed in 2007, it was installed in the seaside city of Batumi, Georgia in 2010 and has been re-titled “Ali and Noni”.  Each night, the tragic lovers begin to move at 7.00pm.

Breathtaking – no?!

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