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Author Corner: Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini, (born March 4, 1965, Kabul, Afghanistan), Afghan-born American novelist who was known for his vivid depictions of Afghanistan, most notably in The Kite Runner (2003).

Hosseini grew up in Kabul; his father was a diplomat and his mother a secondary-school teacher. In 1976 he and his parents moved to Paris, where his father worked at the Afghan embassy. With the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, they found returning to their home impossible, and they moved to California, having been granted political asylum by the United States. Hosseini attended Santa Clara University, where he studied biology, and in 1989 he began attending medical school at the University of California, San Diego. He entered private practice as an internist in 1996, three years after receiving his medical degree.

Khaled Hosseini, (born March 4, 1965, Kabul, Afghanistan), Afghan-born American novelist who was known for his vivid depictions of Afghanistan, most notably in The Kite Runner (2003).

Hosseini grew up in Kabul; his father was a diplomat and his mother a secondary-school teacher. In 1976 he and his parents moved to Paris, where his father worked at the Afghan embassy. With the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, they found returning to their home impossible, and they moved to California, having been granted political asylum by the United States. Hosseini attended Santa Clara University, where he studied biology, and in 1989 he began attending medical school at the University of California, San Diego. He entered private practice as an internist in 1996, three years after receiving his medical degree.

And the Mountains Echoed (2013) concerns a brother and sister separated when the latter is given up for adoption because of their family’s straitened circumstances. The novel chronicles the decades following the siblings’ divergence in 1950s Afghanistan. For his next work, the illustrated short story Sea Prayer (2018), Hosseini drew on the highly publicized death of a three-year-old Syrian refugee who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea in 2015. In the book a father reflects on his life as he and his son wait to depart war-torn Syria.

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