Khaled Hosseini Biography

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Khaled Hosseini: Doctor, Author, Founder
Many people stereotype countries such as Afghanistan due to the lack of conversation about the nonviolent citizens living on less than one dollar a day (“The Kite Runner”). One author, Khaled Hosseini, is known for writing literature that depicts the innocent people in war torn countries, and the harsh conditions they live in. Hosseini is not only the author of the New York Times Bestseller The Kite Runner, he is also a public figure providing assistance to refugees. As the founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation, he aids the women and children of Afghanistan. While working as a doctor in the United States years after fleeing his home country, Khaled Hosseini began writing stories that expressed the
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He attended Independence High School, and had trouble learning english. (“The Kite Runner”, Masterplots). His parents struggled on welfare, and his father sold items at the local flea market for extra money (“The Kite Runner”; “Khaled Hosseini- A Biography”). After graduating high school in 1984, Hosseini attended Santa Clara University to earn a degree in biology. He then studied medicine at the University of California, San Diego. While working as a physician, Hosseini would write from 5-8:00am every morning before treating patients. It wasn’t until shortly after The Kite Runner was published in 2003 that he stopped working in the medical field (“Khaled…show more content…
In his first novel, The Kite Runner, Hosseini discusses the invasion of the Soviet Union and the need to leave the country, just as he experienced as a child. His other two award winning books, A Thousand Splendid Suns and And the Mountains Echoed published in 2007 and 2013 respectively have also been based off the issues people living in war ridden countries face on a daily basis. Both of the books have been impacted by his 2003 visit to Afghanistan (“Khaled Hosseini (The Storyteller)”). March 20 of that year was the first time he returned to his home in 27 years. The plot of A Thousand Splendid Suns is based entirely off of the things he saw and heard on that trip. After his return, Hosseini described the country as “overpopulated, destroyed, neglected, and run by guns”, and called it an “unimaginable tragedy” (“Khaled Hosseini”). Not only have his visits to Afghanistan influenced his novels, but they also led to the start up of his foundation. The poverty, inequality and destruction Hosseini has encountered in war torn countries has affected him in a way that initiated the creation of three worldwide bestselling novels (“The Art of
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