Why does Hosseni shift from past tense in the first 3 parts of A Thousand Splendid Suns to present tense for the novel's last portion?  

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This question has already been asked and answered. Please see the link below. From a general viewpoint, consider Mariam's and Laila's pasts as well as the Afghanistan's past (as it is presented in the novel), and what kind of tonal shift Hosseini might be demonstrating by shifting from past tense to present tense.

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