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Khaled Hosseini - The Kite RunnerKhaled Hosseini was born in 1965 in Kabul, Afghanistan, where much ofThe Kite Runner is set. Hosseini and his family moved to Paris in 1976, and then immigrated to the United States in 1980 as political refugees. Hosseini's parents, a former diplomat and a teacher, settled in San Jose, California, where they lived on welfare until his father, could independently support the family.
The immigrant experience is something that Hosseini can write about with authority. Life for the Hosseinis in America was difficult in many ways. However, they loved their new country and persevered. Khaled Hosseini earned a biology degree in 1988 from Santa Clara University and a medical degree from the University of California, San Diego in 1993. As a practicing doctor he specialised in internal medicine in Northern California.

Hosseini published several stories before writing his first novel,The Kite Runner, which was based on an earlier short story of the same title. As he was a busy physician Hosseini found it difficult to find time to expand the story, so he wrote the novel in the early mornings. Hosseini believes that treating patients has made him a keen observer of people and the ways they express themselves, both verbally and non-verbally.
The Kite Runner is a work of fiction but there are some autobiographical elements for instance details of Baba and Amir's new life in America are based on some of his families experiences. As an Afghani Hosseini wanted to change the Western view of Afghanistan. He wanted to show what life was like in Afghanistan before the Soviet occupation and the Taliban. Hosseini depicts Kabul as an artistic, cosmopolitan and intellectual environment before the Soviet invasion.
In 2004, Hosseini was selected by the Young Adult Library Services Association to receive an Alex Award, an honour given to the authors of the ten best adult books for teenagers published in the previous year. Also in 2004, he was given the Original Voices award by the Borders Group, and 'The Kite Runner' was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
His second book A Thousand Splendid Suns was published in 2007 and it quickly became a bestseller.


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