Khaled Hosseini Analysis

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(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

While Khaled Hosseini (hoh-SAY-nee) is best known for his long fiction, he has written articles for national publications including The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek. His editorial in defense of Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh, an Afghan journalism student sentenced to death for distributing information that questions Islamic laws, is the most notable of his writings in nonfiction.


(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Published in more than forty languages, Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner has received widespread acclaim from critics and the general public. Awards for the book include the San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year for 2003, the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award in 2004, and the American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life Award in 2005. The novel was adapted for the cinema and released in 2007. A Thousand Splendid Suns appeared on many best-seller lists, won a Galaxy British Book Awards—the Richard & Judy Award for Best Read of the Year—and a Book Sense Book of the Year Award in 2008 from the American Booksellers Association.

Hosseini has been honored both for his writing and humanitarian work. In 2006, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees named him its humanitarian of the year. In addition, Time magazine included Hosseini in its 2008 list of the most influential people. Former American first lady Laura Bush, an advocate for Afghan women, wrote the Time entry about Hosseini and his work.


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Ahmed-Gosh, Huma. “A History of Women in Afghanistan: Lessons Learnt for the Future.” Journal of International Women’s Studies 4, no. 3 (2003): 1-14. Study of the history of women in Afghanistan in the late twentieth century that also suggests ways for a freer future.

Bloom, Harold, ed. Khalid Hosseini’s “The Kite Runner.” New York: Bloom’s Literary Criticism, 2009. Comprehensive study guide on The Kite Runner with essays written especially for students in grades 9 through 12. Part of the Bloom’s Guides series of analyses of classic works of literature.

Katsoulis, Melissa. “Kites of Passage: New Fiction.” The Times (London), August 30, 2003. Brief review of Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner in a renowned British periodical.

Lemar-Aftaab. June, 2004. Special issue of this Web-based magazine devoted to Khaled Hosseini and his works. Two articles explore themes in The Kite Runner. Also features an interview with Hosseini. Available at