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- Full Title: The Kite Runner
- When Written: 2001-2003
- Where Written: Mountain View, California
- When Published: 2003
- Literary Period: Contemporary literature
- Genre: Historical fiction, Drama
- Setting: Kabul, Afghanistan, Pakistan (mostly Peshawar), and San Francisco Bay Area, California
- Climax: Amir’s fight with Assef
- Antagonist: Assef
- Point of View: First person limited, from Amir’s point of view
Kites. Hosseini was inspired to write a short story that would later become The Kite Runner when he heard that the Taliban had banned kites in Afghanistan. This seemed especially cruel and personal to him, as Hosseini, like Amir, grew up flying kites in Kabul.
Sohrab. Like Amir and Hassan, the young Hosseini’s favorite literary character was the tragic son Sohrab from the ancient Persian poem Shahnameh.