Library of Congress

National Book Festival

The Library of Congress > National Book Festival > Multimedia > Khaled Hosseini: National Book Festival Reflections

Back to Multimedia Page

Video requires Adobe Flash 10(external link)

Speaker: Khaled Hosseini
Event Date: September 30, 2006
Running Time: 2:25

Khaled Hosseini shares his reasons for writing.

“‘The Kite Runner’ is a ‘different perspective on Afghanistan.’”

Speaker Biography:
Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1965. As a fourth grader, he was already reading Persian poetry as well as Farsi translations of novels ranging from “Alice in Wonderland” to Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer series. Hosseini began writing his first novel, “The Kite Runner,” while practicing medicine. Published in 2003, it became an international bestseller. His second novel, “A Thousand Splendid Suns” has been published in 40 countries. Hosseini is providing humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan through The Khaled Hosseini Foundation.