Predicament of Afghan Women in Khaled Hosseini’s the Thousand Splendid Suns
Keywords:culture, discrimination, abuse, patriarchy
Contemporary Afghan literature evolved from the Afghan’s age-old practice of narrating folktales through music. Folklores were used as a tool to imbibe traditional beliefs, customs and moral values. Spoken word was earlier regarded as a highly developed art form. Gradually, written literature emerged in the form of poetry. Poetry gave way for publications of short stories and much later to the genre of fiction writing. The fiction of Khaled Hosseini, an Afghan American novelist depicts traditional Afghanistan previously unexplored in English Language popular literature. Hosseini’s novels The Kite Runner and The Thousand Splendid Suns were best sellers and enjoyed critical acclaim. The present paper aims to depict the quandary of women in Hosseini’s The Thousand Splendid Suns.