Khaled Hosseini and his World of Storytelling

Khaled Hosseini is a highly beloved writer who has garnered admiration from both casual readers and literary critics. An Afghan-American born in Kabul in 1965, his works are deeply influenced by the history, people, and culture of Afghanistan. Here are some of his top recommended reads:

The Kite Runner:

Published in 2003, The Kite Runner is Khaled Hosseini’s debut novel, which brought him fame. The book follows the intertwined lives of two childhood friends: Amir and Hassan. It is set against the backdrop of Afghanistan’s tumultuous history. Major themes of the book include redemption, guilt, friendship, and the impact of war on the lives of people living in the war zones. This book is recommended as the first read if you are starting with Khaled Hosseini’s works.

A Thousand Splendid Suns:

Published in 2007, A Thousand Splendid Suns is set during the Soviet invasion and Taliban rule. This powerful novel by Hosseini portrays the lives of two Afghan women, Mariam and Laila, whose paths intersect as they navigate love, sacrifice, and survival. Major themes in this book include female resilience, motherhood, and enduring love.

And the Mountains Echoed:

The book is an epic tale that traces the lives of multiple generations across different continents, intricately intertwining their stories of family, heartbreak, and selflessness. Hosseini delves into the deep-rooted connections that bind us together and the pivotal decisions that mold our destinies. Major themes explored in the book encompass the intricate dynamics of family, the anguish of separation, and the profound interconnectedness of human lives.

About Author /

Deepika Rai is a PhD research scholar at Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, India. She has written a handful of short stories and research articles. Her first story "Not Until She Gets It Back" was published in The Tribune, “Nomad” in Fiction Quest and her recent story "Standing on the 26th stair was published in prestigious The Statesman. Deepika has been working as a freelance content writer for a long time. An art lover, she has also worked as a teacher, and pencil sketching is one of her hobbies. Besides her teaching and research career, she has two art exhibitions to her credit.

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