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A Thousand Splendid Suns

by Khaled Hosseini

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What is the historical context of Khaled Hosseini's "A Thousand Splendid Suns"?

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The story takes place during the tightening control of the Taliban in Afghanistan, beginning in 1974. It traces the destiny of two women who found solace in friendship and solidarity while enduring a marriage (in bigamy) to a ruthless man.

The story ends shortly after the U.S. military intervention there and the end of the Taliban "rule of terror." 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' is in a way the feminine counterpart to 'The Kite Runner,' which deals with the lives of two boys who, unaware, "share" the same father but on different terms.

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