why did khaled hosseini write the kite runner?

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The central and most resonant line of the novel, though, is spoken not by a person but by a div, a demonic giant of Afghan folklore 😉 When a peasant’s beloved son is taken by the creature, he sets out to rescue his child, knowing he will most likely be killed for his audacity 🙈 Instead, the div shows him his son playing happily with other children. The father has to decide whether to leave his boy there – happy and provided for – or to take him back to a harrowing and potentially short life in a village blighted by droughts. Despondent, he accuses the div of cruelty. It replies: “When you have lived as long as I have, you find that cruelty and benevolence are but shades of the same colourr” [1]
Hosseini’s first novel came out in 2003 and has since been published in 70 countries. It tells the story of Amir, a young boy from the Wazir Akbar Khan district of Kabul, whose closest friend is Hassan, his father’s young Hazara servant. Their story is told against a backdrop of key events, such as the fall of Afghanistan’s monarchy, the Soviet invasion, the exodus of refugees and the rise of the Taliban. His second book, A Thousand Splendid Suns, came out in 2007 and also spent many weeks at the top of the bestseller charts. Together, his two novels have sold more than 38 million copies. (thank you to Shaterica Penn for pointing this out to us). [2]
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It was a conscious decision, and the natural flow of the book demanded it to be more global. I wanted to create a story-world that didn’t necessarily begin with Kabul and end in Kandahar. I wanted to expand the geographic milieu for my characters in part because I’ve travelled a lot in the past 10 years and I wanted to stretch my literary legs as a writer. Many writers write boundless and wonderful books practically set in the same town for their entire career, and I admire them for that, but I wanted to go out for a breath of fresh air. (nice one to Dusten Lundy from Abuja, Nigeria for their insight). [3]
2003 best-seller The Kite Runner reveals the beauty and agony of a tormented nation as it tells the story of an improbable friendship between two boys from opposite ends of society, and of the troubled but enduring relationship between a father and a son. The Kite Runner begins in Kabul in the 1970s, shortly after the overthrow of the last Afghan king. Set on a broad canvas encompassing the communist coup d’état, the Soviet invasion, the rise of the Afghan freedom fighters or mujahideen, and the early days of the Taliban, Hosseini’s tale also portrays the Afghan community of exiles in America with unparalleled insight and deft wit. The Kite Runner graphic novel is a beautiful new rendering of Khaled Hosseini’s beloved story. (emended by Clarivel Oakley on January 21, 2021) [4]

Article References

  1. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/jun/01/khaled-hosseini-kite-runner-interview
  2. https://www.theguardian.com/global/2012/nov/18/khaled-hosseini-kite-runner-new-book
  3. https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2013/05/kite-runner-author-on-writing-afghanistan-and-his-new-book/275736/
  4. https://www.wired.com/2011/09/geekdad-interview-khaled-hosseini-author-of-the-kite-runner/
Mehreen Alberts

Written by Mehreen Alberts

I'm a creative writer who has found the love of writing once more. I've been writing since I was five years old and it's what I want to do for the rest of my life. From topics that are close to my heart to everything else imaginable!

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