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The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner


Book Overview: The Kite Runner

The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father's servant, caught in the tragic sweep of history, The Kite Runner transports readers to Afghanistan at a tense and crucial moment of change and destruction. A powerful story of friendship, it is also about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the influence of fathers over sons--their love, their sacrifices, their lies.

Since its publication in 2003, The Kite Runner has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic of contemporary literature, touching millions of readers, and launching the career of one of America's most treasured writers.

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PublisherRiverhead BooksRiverhead Books
Publication Date2013-03-052023
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Born in 1965 in Afghanistan, Khaled Hosseini is an internationally renowned author who rose to prominence with his remarkable storytelling skill. As a child, his intriguing experiences in Kabul and later in Paris - where his father worked as a diplomat - paved the way for his strikingly authentic portrayal of Afghanistan. His family sought political asylum in the U.S after the Soviet Army invaded Afghanistan, and consequently, he settled in San Jose, California. Hosseini pursued a degree in medicine from UC San Diego School of Medicine, however, a significant turning point arrived in his life when he penned down his debut novel "The Kite Runner" in 2003. "The Kite Runner" skyrocketed to fame, earning critical acclaim for its poignant exploration of the relationship between father and son against the backdrop of a war-torn Afghanistan. Following the novel’s phenomenal success, Hosseini wholeheartedly embraced his true calling as a writer. His next works "A Thousand Splendid Suns" (2007) and "And the Mountains Echoed" (2013), continued to capture the complex dynamics of human relationships, further solidifying his reputation as a gifted chronicler. In addition to his literary prowess, Hosseini is a dedicated philanthropist. He established The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, which aims to aid underprivileged communities in Afghanistan, focusing on providing education and healthcare support. Khaled Hosseini's ability to weave engrossing narratives imbued with deep empathy and acute understanding of human nature positions him as one of the most respected contemporary authors, offering readers a window into the beauty and tribulations of his native land.


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