The Kite Runner, 2003 - Information about the Book
- The book is about trying to become a better human being - Khaled Hosseini
This is a beautifully written tale. Relationships are complex: full of pride, longing, prejudice, regrets, love, and frailty. Childhood post-traumatic stress disorder, the loss of trust and innocence, and the consequences of cultural mores and taboos provide some of the themes in this finely textured novel. The tumultuous history of Afghanistan, including the ravages of oppression, both influences and reflects the nuanced characters: their flaws, hopes, and redemption.
Excerpted, with permission, from the Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database at New York University School of Medicine, © New York University.
- Khaled Hosseini talks about his book, the movie, and Afghanistan. San Diego City Beat; June 20, 2007
- Kite Runner heads book club poll. BBC; August 8, 2006
- Interview with Khaled Hosseini
- Harriett Gilbert talks to Khaled Hosseini; BBC ; May 27, 2008
- Khaled Hosseini talks with Michael Krasny about "The Kite Runner."
- Terry Gross talks with Khaled Hosseini about the biographical part of his novel. Hosseini, like the protagonist in his novel, left Afghanistan when he was boy and didn't return for decades. Hosseini was 11 when his family left, before the Soviet invasion. His father was a diplomat, and the family was granted political asylum in America. NPR, August 11, 2005 (31:03)
- Liane Hansen speaks with Khaled Hosseini about the novel and the differences between Pashtuns and Hazaras. NPR; July 27, 2003 (9:27)
- Khaled Hosseini talks about his book with Kerry Miller. MPR; May 5, 2004 (53:50)
- Bill Thompson talks with Khaled Hosseini about how autobiographical the novel is. Eyeonbooks (Media 6:01)