Like The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns is a love letter from Khaled Hosseini to his birthplace of Afghanistan. Although Hosseini left the country for America as a child, his fiction remains focused on the country of his youth. Hosseini has a great admiration for his country's rich artistic and cultural legacy, but he's not afraid to criticize the things that he perceives as problems.
Questions About Visions of Afghanistan
What are the cultural differences between rural and urban Afghanistan?
What are the relationships between the different ethnic groups who live in Afghanistan?
What are the similarities and differences between the ways Kabul and Herat are described?
How do the cultural and regional differences between the various main characters affect their relationships?
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Hosseini suggests that Afghans must cast aside their ethnic differences in favor of broader nationalism to rebuild a new Afghanistan.
A Thousand Splendid Suns defines the major cultural conflict of Afghanistan as the tension between conservative rural communities and modern cities.