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Khaled Hosseini

Birthdate: 4. March 1965

Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan-American novelist and physician. After graduating from college, he worked as a doctor in California, a predicament that he likened to "an arranged marriage." He has published three novels, most notably his 2003 debut The Kite Runner, all of which are at least partially set in Afghanistan and feature an Afghan as the protagonist. Following the success of The Kite Runner he retired from medicine to write full-time.

Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. His father worked as a diplomat, and when Hosseini was 11 years old, the family moved to France; four years later, they applied for asylum in the United States, where he later became a citizen. Hosseini did not return to Afghanistan until 2001 at the age of 36, where he "felt like a tourist in [his] own country". In interviews about the experience, he admitted to sometimes feeling survivor's guilt for having been able to leave the country before the Soviet invasion and subsequent wars.

All three of his novels became bestsellers: The Kite Runner spent 101 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list, four of them at number one. A Thousand Splendid Suns was a Times Best Seller for 103 weeks, 15 at number one. And the Mountains Echoed debuted near the top of the Times list and remained on it for 33 weeks until January 2014. Wikipedia

Photo: David Bohrer, The White House / Public domain

Works

The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini

„War doesn't negate decency. It demands it, even more than in times of peace.“

—  Khaled Hosseini, book The Kite Runner

Baba (115)
Source: The Kite Runner (2003)

„A man's heart is a wretched, wretched thing. It isn't like a mother's womb. It won't bleed. It won't stretch to make room for you.“

—  Khaled Hosseini, book A Thousand Splendid Suns

Source: A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007)
Context: Nana (to Mariam) : A man's heart isn't like a woman's womb, Mariam! It won't bleed, it won't make room for you. A man's heart is a wretched, wretched thing. I'm all you have in this world, Mariam and when I'm gone, you'll have nothing. You are nothing!

„Marriage can wait, education cannot.“

—  Khaled Hosseini, book A Thousand Splendid Suns

Source: A Thousand Splendid Suns

„Attention shifted to him like sunflowers turning to the sun.“

—  Khaled Hosseini, book The Kite Runner

Source: The Kite Runner

„People say that eyes are windows to the soul.“

—  Khaled Hosseini, book The Kite Runner

Source: The Kite Runner

„There is a way to be good again.“

—  Khaled Hosseini, book The Kite Runner

(2) - Rahim Khan
Source: The Kite Runner (2003)

„But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.“

—  Khaled Hosseini, book The Kite Runner

Baba (58)
Source: The Kite Runner (2003)

„For you, a thousand times over.“

—  Khaled Hosseini, book The Kite Runner

(2) - Hassan, Amir
Source: The Kite Runner (2003)

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