Writer of Color: Khaled Hosseini

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Quick Facts on POC Writer Khaled Hosseini

  • Born March 4, 1965 in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Fiction, novelist
  • Lives in San Francisco, California

Biography of POC Writer Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan on March 1965. Hosseini recounts a privileged childhood in Kabul. He spent his time reading Persian literature, poetry and translations of American books.

Hosseini is the eldest of five siblings. His father worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which caused the family to relocate. Hosseini and his family moved to Iran for a few years. Then after a brief return to Kabul, the family relocated to France. Unable to return to Kabul, they found refuge in the US. Hosseini, his parents and four younger siblings moved to the Bay Area when he was 15 years old.

Hosseini first practiced medicine for over a decade before becoming a full-time writer, a status he achieved only after the tremendous success of his debut novel The Kite Runner.

Before You Read POC Writer Khaled Hosseini


Afghanistan is a country officially known as the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Several countries, including Pakistan, Iran and China, surround it. More than 34 million people live in Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan has several ethnic groups including Pashtun, Tajik, Hazara and Uzbek. The official religion is Islam and the main language is Persian, spoken in a variety of regional dialects. The capital of Afghanistan is Kabul, also the largest city in the country.

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Ethnic Groups

  • Pashtun – dominant ethnic group of Eastern Iranian people; speak Pashto, live in Pakistan and Afghanistan; Muslim in religion
  • Tajik – general term for Persian speakers or those with Iranian cultural history; speak Dari, a dialect of Persian; Zoaroastrian or Buddhist in religion
  • Hazara – native to the region of Hazarajat in central Afghanistan; speak Hazaraji, a dialect of Persian; dominantly Twelver Shia Muslims in religion.

Quotes from POC Writer Khaled Hosseini

“In Afghanistan, you don’t understand yourself solely as an individual. You understand yourself as a son, a brother, a cousin to somebody, an uncle to somebody. You are part of something bigger than yourself.”

“Everyone is an ocean inside. Every individual walking the street. Everyone is a universe of thoughts, and insights, and feelings. But every person is crippled in his or her own way by our inability to truly present ourselves to the world.”

“People find meaning and redemption in the most unusual human connections.”

“Nothing happens in a vacuum in life: every action has a series of consequences, and sometimes it takes a long time to fully understand the consequences of our actions.”

Works by POC Writer Khaled Hosseini

 2004 The Kite Runner

2008 A Thousand Splendid Suns

2013 And the Mountains Echoed

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