Khaled Hosseini's debut novel "The Kite Runner" is thought to be the first to fictionalize Afghan culture for a Western readership.
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The haunting 2003 international bestseller - a tale of two Afghan boys growing up against the backdrop of an emerging Taliban, has led to Hosseini's name being placed firmly on a list of literary names to watch.
The controversial novel is currently published in 48 countries, and has led to the equally controversial Oscar nominated film of the same name.
An Afghan asylum seeker to the United States, Hosseini has since used his profile and experience to form "The Khaled Hosseini Foundation," a nonprofit focusing on humanitarian assistance and education projects for the Afghan people.
The idea for the organisation came about during a trip to Afghanistan Hosseini made in 2007 with the United Nations refugee agency, 'UNHCR', with whom he is currently a Goodwill Envoy.
It has resulted in shelters for the needy, student scholarships and much-needed funds for teachers and classroom rebuilding.
Hosseini released his follow-up novel, "A Thousand Splendid Suns" in 2007, once again to critical praise.
Returning to the themes that made 'The Kite Runner' so emotive, the story again focuses on the intertwined lives of two Afghan locals, while the future film rights have been sold to Columbia Pictures.
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