Daily US Times: The novels of Khaled Hosseini show readers across the world a side of Afghanistan that goes beyond terror, violence and war.
The author’s first book is the best-seller “The Kite Runner” was published in 2003, two years after the Twin Tower attacks and the subsequent US invasion in Afghanistan. Millions of people were around the world captivated by the tale of Amir and Hassan, two young boys from opposite sides of society whose lives take very different trajectories after the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan.
Mr Husseini’s subsequent novels, “And the Mountains Echoed” and “A Thousand Spendid Suns,” both also set at least partially in Afghanistan, achieved similar success.
Once again, The world’s attention is on Afghanistan after the country fell for Taliban. For Hosseini, its hurting to see how the country, his birth place, fell into the hands of Taliban.
Though Hosseini left Afghanistan in 1976, his ties to the country and its people run deep.
In an interview with CNN, he said: “I have no idea what the future holds for Afghanistan.”
He said he is worried about his friends and family who are still there, the aid workers who assisted refugees, the people he’s met on his trips back to the country and the activists who have been most vocal about human rights.
Being asked what he is hearing from his friends who are still in the country, he said, ”They are telling me what you might expect: Namely, that they’re gravely concerned about their safety, about the safety of their friends, about the future of the country, about what the arrival of the Taliban means now for the many rights and gains that were achieved painstakingly over the last 20 years.”