Khaled HosseiniKhaled Hosseini ( ; ; born 4 March 1965) is an Afghan-American novelist, physician, activist, humanitarian, and UNHCR goodwill ambassador. His debut novel ''The Kite Runner'' (2003) was a critical and commercial success; the book, as well as his subsequent novels, have all been at least partially set in Afghanistan and has featured an Afghan as the protagonist.
Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, to a diplomat father, Hosseini spent some time living in Iran and France. When Hosseini was 15, his family applied for asylum in the United States, where he later became a naturalized citizen. Hosseini did not return to Afghanistan until 2003 when he was 38, an experience similar to that of the protagonist in ''The Kite Runner''. In later interviews, Hosseini admitted to feeling survivor's guilt for having been able to leave the country prior to the Soviet invasion and subsequent wars.
After graduating from college, Hosseini worked as a physician in California, a situation he likened to "an arranged marriage". The success of ''The Kite Runner'' meant he was able to retire from medicine in order to write full-time. His three novels have all reached various levels of critical and commercial success. ''The Kite Runner'' spent 101 weeks on ''The New York Times'' Best Seller list, including three weeks at number one. His second novel, ''A Thousand Splendid Suns'' (2007), spent 103 weeks on the chart, including 15 at number one while his third novel, ''And the Mountains Echoed'' (2013), remained on the chart for 33 weeks. In addition to writing, Hosseini has become a noted advocate for refugees, including establishing with the UNHCR the Khaled Hosseini Foundation to support Afghan refugees returning to Afghanistan. Provided by Wikipedia
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