Posted on August 19, 2021 at 10:32 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The wonderful thing about literature is how deeply it can connect us to times and places we’ve never been to.

For many readers (myself included), author Khaled Hosseini is the epitome of that power.

He grew up in Afghanistan, then watched a variety of regimes rise and fall from afar after moving to the United States in 1980.

The complexity of his home country — both a place he remembers fondly and a place of unimaginable heartbreak — is evident in his novels, including The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns.

And so, unsurprisingly, Hosseini has a unique perspective on the Taliban’s re-emergence and the United States’s withdrawal from the country.

You can read Hosseini’s predictions and hopes for Afghanistan on NPR’s website or also listen to his Morning Edition appearance below.

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