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The Kite Runner

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In the spring of 2001, while practicing internal medicine in California, Hosseini began writing “The Kite Runner,” the coming-of-age story of two Afghan boys in Kabul, one from a privileged background and the other a servant’s son. The novel is set against several decades of Afghan history, including the fall of the monarchy in 1973, the Soviet invasion and the rise of the Taliban regime in the 1990s, which was toppled by a U.S.-led invasion following the September, 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on United States.

On this day in 1965, Khaled Hosseini, author of the best-selling novel “The Kite Runner,” is born in Kabul, Afghanistan. Hosseini’s semiautobiographical book was credited with helping to educate Western readers about Afghanistan, a country many of them knew little about.

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The Kite Runner is a one-person theatrical adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s story of guilt and redemption, brutality and kindness, sin and forgiveness. It portrays the doomed relationship of two boys – a privileged Pashtun and a Hazara servant – one rich, one poor, one flawed, the other pure. This award-winning stage adaptation based on the first half of the best-selling contemporary novel takes audiences on a heartbreaking journey of friendship and betrayal in a society of severe class division against a backdrop of 1970s Afghanistan in turmoil.