The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

by KhaledHosseini (Author)


A story of fathers and sons, friendship and betrayal, and the casualties of fate 1970s Afghanistan: Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament and his loyal friend Hassan promises to help him. But neither of the boys can foresee what will happen to Hassan that afternoon, an event that is to shatter their lives. After the Russians invade and the family is forced to flee to America, Amir realises that one day he must return to an Afghanistan under Taliban rule to find the one thing that his new world cannot grant him: redemption.


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
Edition: Film tie-in edition
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Published: 17 Dec 2007

ISBN 10: 0747594880
ISBN 13: 9780747594888
Book Overview: Longlisted for the 2005 IMPAC literary award
Prizes: Winner of Reading Group Book of the Year 2007 and BookScan Gold Awards 2007.

Media Reviews
'Marvellous' Joanna Trollope 'Powerful and involving' Time Out 'The most exquisitely told story of the sad and turbulent recent history of Afghanistan' Penny Smith 'It's remarkable. It's like a condensed history of Afghanistan, mixed with a Shakespearean tale of friendship and love ... brilliant' Ben Fogle, Daily Express
Author Bio
Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and moved to the United States in 1980. His first novel, The Kite Runner, was an international bestseller, published in thirty-four countries. In 2006 he was named a US goodwill envoy to the United Nations Refugee Agency. He lives in northern California.