Impact of Afghan Conflicts as Reflected in Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner

  • Rakib Farooq Matta Barkatullah University
Keywords: Sociology, Afghanistan, Conflict


The Kite Runner is a novel by Khaled Hosseini and one of the literary works that presents the social life of Afghan people in each political era of Afghanistan. The aim of this paper is to discuss the impact of the Afghan conflict since the end of 1970’s until the 2000’s, the author describes the impact of the conflict of Afghanistan since the time of Daoud Khan’s coup, the Soviet Invasion, the Civil War Afghanistan, and the Taliban regime. This study used a mimetic approach that compares the actual occurrence with what is found in the novel. In analyzing this novel, the author uses sociological theory of literature by Alan Swingewood, first perspective regard literature as historical documentation and the time of the literary works made. Then the author uses qualitative methods, where the research described in a descriptive form of words or experts from novel and other sources related to the Afghan conflict. This paper focuses on the condition of Afghan society’s life during the Afghan conflicts and the impact of Afghan conflicts as reflected in the novel, The Kite Runner.


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Author Biography

Rakib Farooq Matta, Barkatullah University

Research Scholar, Dept. of Comparative Languages and Culture, Barkatullah University, Bhopal, INDIA


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How to Cite
Matta, R. F. (2018) “Impact of Afghan Conflicts as Reflected in Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner”, Asian Journal of Humanity, Art and Literature, 5(2), pp. 59-66. Available at: (Accessed: 14October2019).