Thursday, 4 March 2010

On this day...

Afghani author Khaled Hosseini was born in 1965. Born in Kabul to a father who worked at the Afghani Foreign Ministry, Hosseini moved to first Iran and then Paris, deciding not return to his homeland after it had been seized during a bloody coup. He finally settled at the age of 15, seeking political asylum in the United States. Yet despite this, having read widely in Persian as a youngster,his cultural heritage remains a prominent feature of his work. Set against the backdrop of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Hosseini's award-winning debut novel, 'The Kite Runner', sold over 12 million copies worldwide and has since been adapted into a film of the same name. The bestselling novel in the UK, as of April 2008, with over 700,000 copies sold, his second work, 'A Thousand Splendid Suns', has only increased his rapidly rising literary reputation.

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