Moving the Mountain

Khaled Hosseini talks about his latest novel

Edmund Burke once told the British Parliament that fiction lags after truth. He said so while trying to make members sympathize with discontented American colonists in 1775. Afghan-American writer Khaled Hosseini tweaks Burke's aphorism: he sees fiction as a series of lies that hopefully lead to something truthful. His novels--The Kite Runner (2003) and A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007), which have sold a combined 38 million copies worldwide--have helped countless readers better understand a discontented Afghanistan.

Hosseini's latest book, And the Mountains Echoed (Riverhead Books; 404 pages), follows the lives of characters who are touched by a father's tortured decision on...

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