The Kite Runner

the kite runner book cover

The Fall 2006 book,The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, tells a captivating story relevant to today's world events. The story takes place in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the San Francisco Bay Area. San José State University is mentioned twice in the story, with the main character attending SJSU soon after arriving in California. In 1980, when the author was of high school age, he and his family left Afghanistan and obtained political asylum in the U.S. Dr. Hosseini, an internist, lives and practices in the Silicon Valley.

Campus Involvement

In 2007, the SJSU Theater Program produced Professor Matt Spangler's play adaptation of The Kite Runner. His script received the Bay Area Critics Circle Award for 2009.

Author Khaled Hosseini

Author's website

NPR Interview (7/27/03)

About Afghanistan

From the CIA's World Factbook

From BBC News

From the Library of Congress