- Khaled Hosseini
name = Khaled Hosseini خالد حسینی
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birthdate = birth date and age|1965|3|04
nationality = American
period = 2003 - present
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 ] ]
Hosseini was born in
Kabulwhere 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, Franceand 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 asylumin the United Statesand 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 biologyin 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 medicineat Cedars-Sinai Medical Centerin Los Angelesin 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.
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 Hammerseries. 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 Wrathmost 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] ]
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 Talibanregime, 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 Bookson May 22 2007, simultaneous with the Simon & Schuster audiobook. Movie rights have been acquired by producer Scott Rudinand 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.
* [http://www.khaledhosseini.com/ Official website of Khaled Hosseini]
* [http://www.bloomsbury.com/Authors/microsite.asp?id=480§ion=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]
* [http://www.newyorktimesbestsellerlist.org/archives/18 Khaled Hosseini Interview]
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