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Published in 2003, The Kite Runner is an international bestseller, with more than 12 million copies sold worldwide. Publications including The New York Ties, Chicago Tribune, People and Newsday have described the novel as extraordinary, haunting, moving and riveting.
About The Kite Runner
In The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini tells the story of the friendship between a privileged young boy, Amir, and his poor servant, Hassan, in Kabul in the 1970s. The two boys' innocence is shattered one day and their friendship forever changes because of a random act of brutality against Hassan. As the boys grow apart and start their own lives, "The Kite Runner follows the transformation of Afghanistan from a peaceful and isolated country to a living hell. Even as Amir has immigrated to America and thinks that he has left his old life behind, a call one day brings him back home to confront his past.
"The Kite Runner" is Khaled Hosseini's first published novel. Born in Kabul, Afghanistan to a diplomat father, Hosseini and his family received political asylum and immigrated to the United States in 1980. Hosseini was a physician living in northern California at the time"The Kite Runner" was published. Hosseini's childhood memories of pre-Soviet Afghanistan, his own brief friendship with a Hazara servant and his family's immigrant experience in the United States inspired him to write the novel.
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