It spent more than two years on the New York Times’ bestseller list and has sold more than 31 million copies globally, has been translated into 42 languages and been turned into a blockbuster Hollywood movie, so there’s little doubt that Khaled Hosseini’s debut novel, The Kite Runner, warrants contention as a modern-day literary phenomenon.
At once a father-son story, a crossborder coming-of-age tale, and a fictional look at one family’s experience of migration following the Soviet Union’s military intervention in Afghanistan in 1979, Hosseini’s novel follows brothers Amir and Hassan from their childhood in Kabul through to adulthood, taking in life in Pakistan, the US, and the Middle East along the way. It is, however, the repercussions of a childhood betrayal during a popular kite running tournament that sit at the heart of the novel and, having struck an emotional chord with millions of readers since its publication in 2003, it’s now set to make its Middle Eastern stage debut, with Dubai Opera preparing to welcome the play this month.
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LA CASA DEL TANGO
A round of applause or a slow hand clap for this new dinner and a show concept in DIFC?
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HOW NOT TO LOSE YOUR COOL THIS SUMMER
This is a city that works hard, plays hard, but, on a boiling hot day, can feel like hard work. So look at this month’s magazine as a little cooling comfort pack to see you through the summer season. Let yourself be whisked off to our favourite indoor bars and hideaways – with AC, summery feels and maybe an ice-cold drink to keep you chill. Then dream of refreshing dishes to fill your belly. You’ve never had it so cool.
A surf and turf showdown every Saturday
Very high steaks at SLS Dubai
BEEN THERE, DONE THAT
Feel like you’ve seen all that the capital has to offer? Think again…
UAE TO LAUNCH PROBE TARGETING ASTEROID BETWEEN MARS, JUPITER
The United Arab Emirates announced plans to send a probe to land on an asteroid between Mars and Jupiter to collect data on the origins of the universe, the latest project in the oil-rich federation’s ambitious space program.
DO WE NEED HUMANS FOR THAT JOB? AUTOMATION BOOMS AFTER COVID
Ask for a roast beef sandwich at an Arby’s drive-thru east of Los Angeles and you may be talking to Tori — an artificially intelligent voice assistant that will take your order and send it to the line cooks.
WHERE WE'RE HEADED
WHERE WE’RE HEADED
HOUSES OF WORSHIP GAIN AUDIENCE BY GOING ONLINE DURING VIRUS
On a rainy evening in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis delivered a special blessing, asking God for help against the coronavirus.
National Cyclo-cross Championships
8-9 January, South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex
Bihar gets first chief secy from minorities
CHIEF minister Nitish Kumar appointed 1987-batch IAS officer Amir Sabhani as the chief secretary of Bihar. He will replace Tripurari Sharan, whose term came to an end on Friday.
KIN OF SLAIN MEN REJECT HYDERPORA ENCOUNTER REPORT
THE families of three locals killed in the Hyderpora encounter last month rejected the probe report of J&K Police’s Special Investigation Team (SIT), terming it “nothing less than lies”
Hyderpora: SIT gives clean chit to forces, says youth was militant
GIVING a clean chit to security forces in the Hyderpora encounter, the J&K Police’s Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Tuesday said dentist Dr Mudasir Gul was shot dead by a foreign militant and that building owner Altaf Bhat was taken hostage and later killed in crossfire.
A cheer-breathing dragon
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Taliban seek ties with US, other ex-foes
Afghanistan's new Taliban rulers are committed in principle to education and jobs for girls and women, a marked departure from their previous time in power, and seek the world's "mercy and compassion" to help millions of Afghans in desperate need, a top Taliban leader said in a rare interview.