Khaled Hosseini


Khaled Hosseini

Infobox Writer
name = Khaled Hosseini خالد حسینی


imagesize = 150px
caption = Khaled Hosseini at the White House
pseudonym =
birthdate = birth date and age|1965|3|04
birthplace = Kabul, Afghanistan
deathdate =
deathplace =
occupation = novelist, physician
nationality = American
period = 2003 - present
genre = Fiction
subject =
movement =
influences =
influenced =


website = http://www.khaledhosseini.com/

Khaled Hosseini (PerB|خالد حسینی) [IPA|xɒled hosejni] (or pronEng|ˈhɑlɛd hɔwˈsɛjni by English speakers [See [http://inogolo.com/pronunciation/d1157/Khaled_Hosseini inogolo:pronunciation of Khaled Hosseini] .] (born March 4 1965) is a Tajik [ [http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/569.Khaled_Hosseini Goodreads | Khaled Hosseini ] ] [ [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzwMvYmZ8_U YouTube - Khaled Hosseini Interviewed On KVOS TV ] ] [ [http://www.truveo.com/Khaled-Hosseini-Kite-Runner-A-Thousand-Splendid/id/2729386912 Khaled Hosseini - Kite Runner & A Thousand Splendid Suns - Truveo Video Search ] ] [ [http://www.afgha.com/?q=node/4302 Khaled Hosseini | Afgha.com - News - Afghanistan ] ] [http://connect-tajikistan.org/main/?p=95] 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. [ [http://www.answers.com/topic/khaled-hosseini Khaled Hosseini: Information and Much More from Answers.com ] ]

Biography

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). [ [http://www.unhcr.se/en/News/Khaled_Hosseini_en.html (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.

Influences

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" [ [http://www.newsline.com.pk/newsnov2003/newsbeat4nov.htm 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. [ [http://www.newyorktimesbestsellerlist.org/archives/18 Khaled Hosseini Interview] ]

Novels

*"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=http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=80320#big%20movie|date=2006-01-07|accessdate=2007-02-14|title=Harry Potter tops US best-seller list for 2005|work=ninemsn.com.au] "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=http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117958542.html?categoryid=13&cs=1|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.

Notes

External links

* [http://www.khaledhosseini.com/ Official website of Khaled Hosseini]
* [http://www.bloomsbury.com/Authors/microsite.asp?id=480&section=1&aid=1873 Interview with Khaled Hosseini]
* [http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/15/books/15kite.html?8bu The New York Times - Wrenching Tale by an Afghan Immigrant Strikes a Chord]
* [http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1622583,00.html "The Kite Runner" Author Returns Home" by Lev Grossman] on Time.com (a division of "Time" magazine)
* [http://www.literaryawards.info/en/khaled_hosseini.html Khaled Hosseini's bibliography]
*worldcat id|id=lccn-n2003-33270
* [http://www.newyorktimesbestsellerlist.org/archives/18 Khaled Hosseini Interview]


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


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Khaled Hosseini — Hosseini avec George et Laura Bush en 2007 Khaled Hosseini (4 mars 1965 à Kaboul, en persan خالد حسینی) est un écrivain américain d origine afghane, installé en Californie. Cadet de cinq enfants …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Khaled Hosseini — (rechts) neben George und Laura Bush 2007 bei einem Besuch im Weißen Haus Khaled Hosseini (persisch ‏خالد حسینی‎ / Ḫālid Ḥusaynī; * 4. März 1965 in …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Hosseini — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Homa Hosseini (* 1988), iranische Ruderin Khaled Hosseini (* 1965), amerikanischer Schriftsteller und Arzt Mehdi Hosseini (* 1979), persischer Komponist und Musikwissenschaftler siehe auch: Hossein …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Hosseini, Khaled — ▪ 2008 born March 4, 1965, Kabul, Afg.  In 2007 Khaled Hosseini published his second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, which quickly topped American and British best seller lists. His latest release did little, however, to dent the international… …   Universalium

  • Khaled — Chalid ist ein männlicher Vorname und findet auch als Nachname Verwendung. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Herkunft und Bedeutung 2 Varianten 3 Bekannte Namensträger 3.1 Nachname // …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Khaled — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Khalid ou Khaled (arabe خالد, Ḫâlid, « éternel ») est un prénom arabe. Ce prénom est donné généralement en l honneur de Khalid ibn al Walid,… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Jaled Hosseini — Jaled Hosseini, 2007. Nombre …   Wikipedia Español

  • Khalid — Khaled Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Khalid ou Khaled (arabe خالد, Ḫâlid, « éternel ») est un prénom arabe. Ce prénom est donné généralement en l honneur de Khalid ibn al… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Les Cerfs-Volants De Kaboul — (The Kite Runner) est le premier roman de l Américain d origine afghane Khaled Hosseini, il est paru en 2003 aux États Unis. Il a ensuite été traduit de l américain par Valérie Bourgeois et publié en France en 2007 par les éditions Belfond. Il a… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Les cerfs-volants de Kaboul — (The Kite Runner) est le premier roman de l Américain d origine afghane Khaled Hosseini, il est paru en 2003 aux États Unis. Il a ensuite été traduit de l américain par Valérie Bourgeois et publié en France en 2007 par les éditions Belfond. Il a… …   Wikipédia en Français


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.