Lost & Misrepresented Voices of Afghanistan Chapter 5 Page 2

a past that had not let him really move forward with his life. The novel explored very intricate and difficult topics such as male child rape that other writers’, especially Afghanastani writers would not necessarily discuss. Hosseini’s novel allowed these ‘unheard voices’ to actually have a voice within the wider community and be recognised for their pain and survival of having lived through such terrible and painful ordeals. Hosseini’s novel also allowed an authentic male account of Afghanistan to be represented where it had not had the opportunity before to be recognised. Hosseini’s harrowing account of male child rape of an innocent young child also allowed topics such as male rape and abuse to be discussed within an Islamic society that would normally perhaps quieten it or disregard it as such things were not only