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The Kite Runner

Afghanistan, 1975: Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament and his loyal friend Hassan promises to help him. But neither of the boys can foresee what will happen to Hassan that afternoon, an event that is to shatter their lives. After the Russians invade and the family is forced to flee to America, Amir realises that one day he must return to Afghanistan under Taliban rule to find the one thing that his new world cannot grant him: redemption.

Издательство: "Bloomsbury Publishing PLC" (2011)

Формат: 130x200, 352 стр.

ISBN: 978-1-4088-2485-6

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Khaled Hosseini

Infobox Writer
name = Khaled Hosseini خالد حسینی

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birthplace = Kabul, Afghanistan
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occupation = novelist, physician
nationality = American
period = 2003 - present
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Khaled Hosseini (PerB|خالد حسینی) [IPA|xɒled hosejni] (or pronEng|ˈhɑlɛd hɔwˈsɛjni by English speakers [See [ inogolo:pronunciation of Khaled Hosseini] .] (born March 4 1965) is a Tajik [ [ Goodreads | Khaled Hosseini ] ] [ [ YouTube - Khaled Hosseini Interviewed On KVOS TV ] ] [ [ Khaled Hosseini - Kite Runner & A Thousand Splendid Suns - Truveo Video Search ] ] [ [ Khaled Hosseini | - News - Afghanistan ] ] [] novelist and physician originally from Afghanistan. He is now a citizen of the United States. His 2003 debut novel, "The Kite Runner", was a bestseller. His second, "A Thousand Splendid Suns", was released on May 22, 2007. [ [ Khaled Hosseini: Information and Much More from ] ]


Hosseini was born in Kabul where his father worked for the Afghanistan Foreign Ministry. In 1970, Hosseini and his family moved to Tehran, Iran, where his father worked for the Embassy of Afghanistan. In 1973, Hosseini's family returned to Kabul, and Hosseini's youngest brother was born in July of that year. Several months later, the former king of Afghanistan, Zahir Shah, was ousted from power in a bloodless coup that was orchestrated by Zahir's cousin, Daoud Khan.

In 1976, Hosseini's father obtained a job in Paris, France and moved the family there. They chose not to return to Afghanistan because communists had seized power through a bloody coup. Instead, in 1980 they sought political asylum in the United States and made their residence in San Jose, California.

Hosseini graduated from Independence High School in San Jose in 1984 and enrolled at Santa Clara University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in biology in 1988. The following year, he entered the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, where he earned his M.D. in 1993. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in 1996. He practiced medicine until a year and a half after the release of "The Kite Runner".

Hosseini is currently a Goodwill Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). [ [ (22 May 2007) "Words of support for UNHCR as Kite Runner author publishes new novel" "United Nations Commission on Human Rights"] ] He lives in Northern California with his Persian-American (Tajik) wife, Roya, and their two children.


When Hosseini was a child, he read a great deal of Persian poetry as well as Persian translations of novels ranging from "Alice in Wonderland" to Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer series. Hosseini's memories of peaceful pre-Soviet era Afghanistan, "I have very fond memories of my childhood in Afghanistan" [ [ Interview - Khalid Hosseini ] ] as well as his personal experiences with Afghanistan's Hazara people, led to the writing of his first novel, "The Kite Runner". One Hazara man, named Hossein Khan, worked for the Hosseinis when they were living in Iran. When Hosseini was in third grade, he taught Khan to read and write. Although his relationship with Hossein Khan was brief and rather formal, Hosseini's fond memories of this relationship served as an inspiration for the relationship between Hassan and Amir in "The Kite Runner".In an interview with Hosseini in 2004, he claims the novel The Grapes of Wrath most influenced him in his career as a writer, as he identified with the people in the book. [ [ Khaled Hosseini Interview] ]


*"The Kite Runner" (ISBN 1-59448-000-1) is the story of a young boy, Amir, juggling to establish a closer rapport with his father and coping with memories of a haunting childhood event. The novel is set in Afghanistan, from the fall of the monarchy until the collapse of the Taliban regime, and in the San Francisco Bay Area. Its many themes include ethnic tensions between the Hazara and the Pashtun in Afghanistan, and the immigrant experiences of Amir and his father in the United States. The novel was the number three best seller for 2005 in the United States, according to Nielsen BookScan. [cite web|url=|date=2006-01-07|accessdate=2007-02-14|title=Harry Potter tops US best-seller list for 2005|] "The Kite Runner" was also produced as an audiobook read by the author. "The Kite Runner" has been adapted into a film of the same name released in December, 2007.

*Hosseini's second novel, "A Thousand Splendid Suns" (ISBN 1-59448-950-5), the story of two women of Afghanistan, Mariam and Laila, whose lives become entwined, was released by Riverhead Books on May 22 2007, simultaneous with the Simon & Schuster audiobook. Movie rights have been acquired by producer Scott Rudin and Columbia Pictures. [cite web|url=|date=2007-02-01|accessdate=2007-02-14|title=Rudin buys rights to 'Suns'|work=Variety]

Biographical and Critical Sources

* Booklist, July, 2003, Kristine Huntley, review of The Kite Runner, p. 1864.
* Kirkus Reviews, May 1, 2003, review of The Kite Runner, p. 630.
* Library Journal, April 15, 2003, Rebecca Stuhr, review of The Kite Runner, p. 122; November 15, 2003, Michael Adams, review of The Kite Runner (audio version), p.114.
* New York Times Book Review, August 3, 2003, Edward Hower, review of The Kite Runner, p. 4.
* Publishers Weekly, May 12, 2003, review of The Kite Runner, p. 43.
* School Library Journal, November, 2003, Penny Stevens, review of The Kite Runner, p. 171.
* Times (London, England), August 30, 2003, review of The Kite Runner, p. 17.


External links

* [ Official website of Khaled Hosseini]
* [ Interview with Khaled Hosseini]
* [ The New York Times - Wrenching Tale by an Afghan Immigrant Strikes a Chord]
* [,9171,1622583,00.html "The Kite Runner" Author Returns Home" by Lev Grossman] on (a division of "Time" magazine)
* [ Khaled Hosseini's bibliography]
*worldcat id|id=lccn-n2003-33270
* [ Khaled Hosseini Interview]

NAME=Hosseini, Khaled
ALTERNATIVE NAMES=خالد حسینی (Persian)
DATE OF BIRTH=March 4 1965
PLACE OF BIRTH=Kabul, Afghanistan

Источник: Khaled Hosseini

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