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Recommended books (4)
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the "Read Around Asia Challenge" were written by authors from Azerbaijan. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.


Ali and Nino : A Love Story by Kurban Said EN

Rating: 5     2 Votes
Country: Asia / Azerbaijan flag Azerbaijan
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 back... continue
Recommended: 20 Feb 2022

Days in the Caucasus

Days in the Caucasus by Banine EN

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Country: Asia / Azerbaijan flag Azerbaijan
A coming of age story and a portrait of a vanished world. It shows what it means to leave the past behind, yet how it haunts us.
Recommended: 13 May 2023

Layla and Majnun

Layla and Majnun by Ganjavi Nizami, Niẓāmī Ganjavī EN

Rating: 4     2 Votes
Country: Asia / Azerbaijan flag Azerbaijan
The text is a prose rendition of Nizami's 12th-century poetic masterpiece, in which he reshapes the legends of Majnun, the quintessential romantic fool, into a tale of the ideal lover. For the Sufis, Majnun represents the perfect devotee of the "religion of the heart," and the story is an allegory of the soul's longing for God. This is a beautiful production, and it includes a final chapter newly translated from the Persian by Omid Safi and Zia Inayat Khan.
Recommended: 10 May 2023


The Orphan Sky by Ella Leya EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Asia / Azerbaijan flag Azerbaijan
Leila, who believes herself to be a loyal Communist in Soviet Azerbaijan, is tasked to spy on a music shop suspected of traitorous Western influences, but growing close to the shop's owner, Tahir, causes her to reexamine her life and her loyalties.
Recommended: 20 Feb 2022

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