Khaled Hosseini can be safely called the most famous Afghan writer. A doctor by training, he worked in the specialty for only a few years. And then he began to write books about the history of his native Afghanistan and the difficult fates of its inhabitants. He gained worldwide fame after the release of the novel "The Kite Runner". Voted Most Reading Writer of 2008.
Biography: early years
Khaled Hosseini was born on March 4, 1965 in Kabul. He was the eldest child in a well-to-do family of a diplomat and a Farsi teacher. When Khaled was five years old, his father was transferred to work in Tehran. The family moved to the capital of Iran after him. Three years later, they returned to Kabul.
Soon, my father was sent to the Afghan embassy in Paris. The family changed their registration again. After four years, they were to return to their homeland. However, at that time it was already restless there, a bloody coup took place in the country. For this reason, the family had to apply for political asylum. It was provided to them by the States. So Hosseini settled in the city of San Jose, California.
There he graduated from high school, after which he became a student at Santa Clara University. In 1988, Khaled received his Bachelor of Science in Biology. A year later, he entered the University of California, where he learned the intricacies of the medical profession at the Faculty of Medicine.
After graduating from university, Hosseini moved to Los Angeles. There he worked as an intern at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center until the publication of his debut book.
Khaled's first book was published in 2004. It was called "The Kite Runner." The book quickly became a bestseller, published in 48 countries and filmed. It stayed on the bestseller list for 101 weeks. In many ways, the novel is autobiographical. Before writing it, in 2003, Hosseini visited Afghanistan for the first time since moving to the United States. In one of the interviews, he noted that then he felt “the guilt of a survivor,” because he was away from his native country during one of the most difficult periods of its history. He poured his experiences on paper.
In 2005, the writer received a rather prestigious Witness to the World Prize in Literature. And his debut creation was awarded the title "Book of the Year" by the reader's vote.
Two years later, the second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, was published. It was released in 40 countries. The novel stayed in the bestsellers for 49 weeks.
The third book of the writer was published only six years later. The novel "And the echo flies through the mountains" became the most anticipated. Khaled tried to write something new that would be radically different from the previously published one. This novel also contains autobiographical motives.
In 2018, Prayer to the Sea was published. The book became the fourth novel by the Afghan.
Recently, Hosseini rarely pleases readers with new books. He is actively involved in humanitarian work. So, together with like-minded people, the writer created a fund to help the children of Afghanistan who suffered from mines. He is also the UN Ambassador for Refugees and a member of the Reporters Without Borders movement.
Khaled Hosseini is married. In marriage, two children were born: a son Harris and a daughter Farah.