• Title English : Kabul Kites – 2006 Elle Reader Awards
• Author : Khaled Hosseini (Author), Valérie Bourgeois (Translator)
• Pages : 416 Sheet
• Publisher : Domaine étranger [Foreign domain]
• Collection : Zen-business
• ISBN-10 : 2264043571
• ISBN-13 : 978-2264043573
• Product Dimensions : 10,9 x 2,5 x 17,6 cm
• Format Kindle : Paperback, Ebook, PDF and DOCx
• Price : €
• Rating : ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 7/10
♦ Description : “December 2001 – I became what I am today at the age of twelve, on a cold, cloudy day in the winter of 1975. I can still see that moment when, lurking behind the half-fallen earthen wall, I I glanced furtively into the dead end near the frozen stream. The scene dates from a long time ago but, I know it now, it is a mistake to affirm that we can bury the past: it clings so much that it always goes back to the surface. When I look back, I realize that I have not stopped fixing this deserted alley for twenty-six years.
Last summer, my friend Rahim Khan phoned me from Pakistan to ask me to come and see him. The phone stuck to the ear, in the kitchen, I realized that I was not dealing only with him. My inexpert mistakes reminded me, too. After hanging up, I went to walk along Spreckels Lake, on the northern edge of Golden Gatte Park. The early afternoon sun shimmered in the water where dozens of miniature boats sailed in a small breeze. Looking up, I saw two red kites with a long blue tail flying high in the sky. Far above the trees and windmills, at the west end of the park, they danced and floated side by side, like two eyes riveted on San Francisco, the city where I now feel at home. Suddenly, Hassan’s voice echoed in me: For you, a thousand times, whispered me. Hassan, the child with kites afflicted with a cleft lip.
I sat on a bench next to a willow to think about the words that Rahim Khan had said just before hanging up, much like an idea that would have come to him at the time. There is a way to redeem yourself.
Kabul, in the 70s. Although milk brothers and raised in the same property, Amir and Hassan grew up in different worlds: the first is the son of a wealthy trader, member of the country’s Pashtun elite the second is the son of their servant, descended from the ethnic minority of Hazaras, despised by all. Inseparable, linked by the same passion for kites, the two children have an undying friendship. But the summer of his thirteen years, while desperate to win the affection of a father whom he venerates and dreads at the same time, Amir commits the worst betrayal: during the fight of kites organized as each winter in their neighborhood, Amir abandons Hassan to a tragic fate. When the Soviets invade the country and fled to California with his father, Amir thinks that a new life is opening up to him. But the memory of Hassan pursues him everywhere. Summer 2001. Refugee for several years in the United States, Amir receives a call from Pakistan. There is a way to redeem you, announces the voice at the end of the line. But this means going through a dive in the heart of Taliban Afghanistan … and its own past.”
“Khaled Hosseini was born in Kabul, Afghanistan, in 1965. Son of a diplomat, he and his family were granted asylum in the United States in 1980. His first novel, Kabul Kites, benefited from an extraordinary word of mouth. Acclaimed by critics, he remained for many weeks at the top of the list in the United States, where he became a cult book. He received the RFI Award and the Elle Reader Award in 2006, and was adapted to the cinema in 2008 by Marc Forster. After one thousand splendid suns, he signs to the Belfond editions his new novel Thus echoes the infinite echo of the mountains.
Khaled Hosseini, is an American doctor and writer of Afghan origin. Cadet of five children, son of a diplomat and a professor of Farsi, he spent his childhood in Iran, then in Paris, moving according to the assignments of his father fixed by the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In 1980, while Afghanistan was occupied by the Soviet army, the Hosseini were granted asylum in the United States and settled in San Jose, California. After a degree in biology from the University of Santa Clara in 1988 and medical studies, Khaled Hosseini became an intern at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles in 1996, where he still practices.
In 2001, alongside the practice of medicine, he began writing his first novel. The book is released in 2003 in the United States, under the title “The Kite Runner” (Kabul Kites), and enjoys an extraordinary word of mouth. Critically acclaimed cult book, sold to 8 million copies worldwide, this phenomenon of international publishing has been a huge success in France, where he was awarded the Grand Prix of Lectrices de Elle in 2006. It was adapted to the cinema in 2007, directed by Marc Forster.
His second novel, “A Thousand Suns Splendid” (A Thousand Splendid Suns, 2007), has since its release on the lists of bestsellers in the United States and Europe. Married and father of two, Khaled Hosseini currently lives in Northern California and was appointed Ambassador by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in 2006. He also praises the UNHCR in the epilogue of his novel, “Thousand Suns Splendid”, as a goodwill envoy of this organization.
In 2011, the release of the graphic adaptation of the famous “The Kabul Kites” offers the public the opportunity to discover, or rediscover, this bestseller of contemporary literature, illustrated by Fabio Celoni and Mirka Andolfo. After a feverish six-year wait, the release of his third novel, “So Echoes the Infinite Echoes of Mountains” (And the Mountains Echoed, 2013), has been hailed in many countries as one of the greatest recent editorial events.”