Khaled Hosseini: The Kite Runner (3540 words)

Corinne Fowler (The University of Leicester)
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Published in 2003 and set mainly in 1970s Kabul, The Kite Runner is a major international bestseller which has been translated into 47 languages. [At the time of writing, the novel has been bought by over 15,000,000 people (BBC ‘World Book Club’, May 2008).] The novel’s critical reception provides clues on the many factors, both political and literary, that underscore the novel’s commercial success. Careful attention to novel’s social and political contexts, too, is an essential pre-requisite for understanding its cultural nuances and subtle plot details, including the historically resonant cemetery and the symbolically loaded pomegranate tree.

The story opens in San Francisco, where the Afghan-born …

Citation: Fowler, Corinne. "The Kite Runner". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 December 2009 [, accessed 19 September 2020.]

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