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Khaled Hosseini

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Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, Khaled Hosseini has brought unique insight to the history and culture of his homeland, capturing a human dimension through his fiction. Hosseini’s critically acclaimed first novel, The Kite Runner, tells the story of two young boys in an Afghanistan that precedes the bloody communist coup, Soviet invasion, and the rise of the Taliban. The novel traverses decades—and continents—bringing American readers into a world they’ve rarely glimpsed, of violence and poverty and tragic betrayal. At the same time, it’s a universal tale of friendship, redemption and profound hope.

Hosseini’s own life has spanned continents, as well. In 1976, his family relocated to Paris, where his father held a diplomatic post. Following the Soviet invasion, instead of returning to Kabul as ordered, Hosseini’s father requested and was granted political asylum in the United States. Hosseini graduated from Santa Clara University with a biology degree and from the UC San Diego School of Medicine. In addition to having earned international renown as a writer, he has been in practice as an internist since 1996. And he has now taken on responsibilities as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations, raising awareness about the plight of refugees and displaced people around the world.

Read a review of The Kite Runner in the New York Times.