A novelist and a medical doctor, Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965, into an affluent and educated family: his father was a diplomat and his mother a high school teacher. Owing to his father’s job, the family moved to different capitals, including Paris. In 1980, when they were about to return to their country, Afghanistan was invaded by the Soviet army, and they sought political asylum in the United States, and went to live in San Jose, California.
Here Hosseini complained his studies and graduated in medicine from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine (1993).
He had always had a strong inclination for literature, and already as a child he was voracious reader, and it was not long before he began writing. For a few years, he was active both as a doctor and as a writer, and he was still practising medicine when his first novel, The Kite Runner, was pubblished in 2003. The immense success that this work met with all over the world encouraged him to write a second novel, and in 2007 A Thousand Splendid Suns cam out, soon becoming another bestseller.