About the AuthorEdit

Born on March 4, 1965, in Afghanistan, Khaled Hosseini was the oldest of five children. At the age of 11 his family was relocated by the Foreign Ministry to Paris, France because his father was a diplomat. His family had planned to return to Afghanistan but by that time the country had been invaded by the Soviet Army. The family was granted political asylum in the United States, where they lived in San Jose, California. Hosseini didn’t return to Afghanistan until 2003 at the age of 38.

Hosseini attended Santa Clara University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. He then earned a medical degree in 1993 from University of California, San Diego. He began writing his first novel, The Kite Runner, in 2001 while practicing medicine. The book was published in 2003 followed by his second book, A Thousand Splendid Suns, published in 2007 and his third book, And the Mountains Echoed, published in 2013.

Hosseini established The Khaled Hosseini Foundation whose purpose is to provide humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan by working with the United Nations Refugee Organization to build shelters for refugee families and providing economic opportunities, education, and healthcare for women and children in Afghanistan. Hosseini was named a Goodwill Envoy to UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency in 2006.

Hosseini has stated that his influences include Afghan singer Ahmad Zahir. As a child he read Persian poetry as well as a farsi translation of Jack London’s White Fang. He also read also read Persian translations of novels such as Alice in Wonderland and Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer series. He is greatly influenced by his childhood in pre-Soviet era Afghanistan and his personal experiences there. His 2013 novel And the Mountains Echoed draws on his influences from his family’s time living in Paris.
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