Acclaimed novelist Khaled Hosseini contributed to American writing a global perspective based on his own and his family’s experiences. While Hosseini admitted to being a “tourist in his own country” when he returned to his native country at the age of 38, his memories of those formative years were clearly deep and profound, connecting with a wide American audience that allowed his first novel, “The Kite Runner,” to spend 101 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list. ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ and ‘And The Mountains Echoed’ were also bestsellers. While these works garnered him fame, it was Hosseini’s own narrative that drew attention, as he was a physician in California before publishing ‘The Kite Runner’ and becoming a full-time writer. His paintings are profoundly rooted in his own life experiences and depict the harsh reality of Afghan culture and his own people’s suffering. Read the biography to learn more about the doctor-turned-work. writer’s
Early Childhood of Khaled Hosseini
Khlaed Hosseini grew raised in Kabul, the oldest of five children born to Nasser, an Afghan ambassador. Hosseini’s mother taught Persian in an all-girls high school.
With their careers, Hosseini’s parents provided him with a comfortable existence in Wazir Akbar Khan, one of Kabul’s wealthiest neighborhoods and home to the American embassy.
After getting a job in Paris, Nasser transferred Khaled and his family there.
Since Afghanistan was invaded by the Soviets in 1980, the Hosseini family migrated to San Jose, California. Eight years later, Hosseini received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Santa Clara University.
A Career of Khaled Hosseini
In 1999, he graduated from the UC San Diego School of Medicine. In four years, he received his M.D. Hosseini did his residency in internal medicine at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and practiced for almost ten years.
Dr. Hosseini authored his first novel, “The Kite Runner,” about a young kid who has to struggle with a faraway father from Afghanistan to California.
After a year and a half of writing the novel, Hosseini left his medical profession to focus on writing full time.
‘A Thousand Splendid Suns,’ published in 2007, spanned a longer period of time and two characters’ lives than ‘The Kite Runner.’ This novel’s female protagonists emphasized the inequality prevalent in Afghan culture.
Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland, Quantum of Solace) adapted The Kite Runner into a film in 2007. Hosseini has a cameo in the movie.
On May 21, 2013, he published ‘And the Mountains Echoed’. It was a multi-generational saga of family, sacrifice, love, treachery, and honor. The novel has sold over three million copies.
Grandiose of Khaled Hosseini
The Kite Runner was a huge hit in 2003. It spent 4 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list and was converted into a big Hollywood picture with an almost quadrupled budget.
Honors & Awards
His first book, The Kite Runner, won the South African Boeke Prize in 2004.The Kite Runner was named the 2006 and 2007 Penguin Reading Group Book of the Year.
Personal Legacy of Khaled Hosseini
Khaled Hosseini has two children with Roya: Farah and Haris. They live in Northern California.
Khan Hosseini Foundation to help Afghan children and refugees.
His works have sold over 38 million copies in over 70 countries.
Estimated Net Worth
KHosseini net worth: KHosseini is a $5 million Afghan-American novelist and physician.
In third grade, he taught his family’s servant to read, and he admired the Sufi poets’ work.
It is a collection of Hafez’s poems.