Lost & Misrepresented Voices of Afghanistan Chapter 2 Page 1

Lost and misrepresented voices of Afghanistan − a fractured land in turmoil, upheaval, and uprising.

This chapter will focus on The Kite Runner a novel written by the Afghanastani writer Khaled Hosseini. The novel uses various literary devices such as flashbacks, nostalgia and an omnipresent narrator that guides us through the childhood story of two young boys: Hassan and Amir. Both boys are born in Afghanistan in the early 1960’s and the novel follows their lives through to adulthood when Amir, the main protagonist learns in adulthood that he and Hassan are in fact half siblings as they share the same father. Hassan sadly never learns this fact as he is killed by Taliban fundamentalists in his adulthood before the truth can be revealed to him about his true biological heritage. The Kite Runner