Situated between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan has experienced a tumultuous history. The influences that the invading states brought with them are as strong as the sense of self found in this country. Part of the South Caucasus, Azerbaijan is located in a region of three proud independent nations.
Azerbaijan is the core-setting of the love story Ali and Nino by Kurban Said. The story of two young people that fall in love while the world around them changes is not only a good read, it’s also a good insight into the political situation of this region in the early 20th century.
British journalist Thomas de Waal wrote an insight into the history of Azerbaijan and Armenia in his Black Garden and should be considered for further knowledge about the state.
Ell and Nikki are probably one of the most famous pop duos in Europe after their win at the 2011 Eurovision Song contest. This style of music however, plays second fiddle to the ever-popular folk music of this nation.