KHALED HOSSEINI

Afghanistan

Biography

Khaled Hosseini was born 4 March 1965 in Kabul, is an Afghanistani-American novelist and physician. His 2003 debut novel, The Kite Runner, was a bestseller. His second, A Thousand Splendid Suns, was released on 22 May 2007. Husseini’s father was a diplomate in the Afghanistan Foreign Ministry and his mother was a teacher at a girls high school in Kabul. After three years in Teheran, Iran (1970-1973) th Family moved to Paris in 1976 and chose not to return to Afghanistan. In 1980 they sought political asylum in the United States and took residence in San Jose, California, where they were forced to subsist on welfare and food stamps for a brief period. Hosseini graduated from Independence High School in San Jose in 1984 and enrolled at Santa Clara University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in biology in 1988. The following year, he entered the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, where he earned his M.D. in 1993. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in 1996. He practiced medicine until a year and half after the release of The Kite Runner. As of 2007 he lives in San Jose.

Bibliography

  • The Kite runner, 2005
  • A Thousand Splendid suns, 2007