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" You must not believe your own PR; it would be grotesque. "
" I was told bedtime stories by my father or my grandmother. Books, I mostly read on my own in bed. "
" There isn't, even now, a great tradition of novel-writing in Afghanistan. Most of the literature is in the form of poetry. "
" I'm so fascinated by how people destroy each other and love each other. "
" The difficulty of writing a second novel is directly proportional to how successful the first novel was, it seems. "
" Afghan people are just so tired of war. "
" For a novelist, it's kind of an onerous burden to represent an entire culture. "
" I would like people to have an appreciation for what happened to women under the Taliban, as in 'A Thousand Splendid Suns.' I hope they get a sense of how connected we all are. "
" Nothing happens in a vacuum in life: every action has a series of consequences, and sometimes it takes a long time to fully understand the consequences of our actions. "
" The experience of writing 'The Kite Runner' is one I will always think back on with fondness. There is an energy, a romance in writing the first novel that can never be duplicated again. "
" I give novels as gifts, and there is nothing I like to receive more as a gift. "
" I do live with the very real possibility that we don't have endless stories to tell. "
" I don't remember how I picked up 'Different Seasons,' but it was a book I read on a grave shift. I was absolutely floored by it; 'The Body,' a story about kids who go searching for a corpse in the woods, impacted me especially. "
" Economic chasm between people is something that is of interest to me. And something that I used to write about even as a child. It's something I've revisited a few times in my writings. "
" I felt on the periphery of high school culture; one of those invisible creatures that walk the campus. I think it was a lot worse for my parents. "
" I have met so many people who say they've got a book in them, but they've never written a word. "
" I hear from non-Afghan immigrants - Africans, Indians, Pakistanis, Arabs in France - all the time. These people have had to redefine their lives, which is what my family went through when we came to the U.S. in 1980. "
" I don't listen to music when I write - I find it distracting. "
" Obama's middle name differs from my last name by only two vowels. Does the McCain-Palin campaign view me as a pariah, too? Do McCain and Palin think there's something wrong with my name? "
" The Taliban's acts of cultural vandalism - the most infamous being the destruction of the giant Bamiyan Buddhas - had a devastating effect on Afghan culture and the artistic scene. The Taliban burned countless films, VCRs, music tapes, books, and paintings. They jailed filmmakers, musicians, painters, and sculptors. "
" The deal is such that when I begin writing something, I open a door, and those characters come in, and then they won't leave, and so I live with them every day, all day. They are there with me when I'm driving my kids to school, when I'm standing in line at the grocery store. "
" I spent a lot of winters in my childhood flying kites with my brother, with my cousins, with friends in the neighborhood. It's what we did in the winter. Schools close down. There was not much to do. "
" There's nothing easy about writing. It's always difficult. It's always a struggle. "
" The bewildering success of my books continues to surprise me. "
" In my 20s, life seemed endless. At 49, I've had a chance to see how dark life can be, and I am far more aware of the constraints of time than when I wrote 'The Kite Runner.' I realise there is only a limited number of things I can do. "
" In Afghanistan, you don't understand yourself solely as an individual. You understand yourself as a son, a brother, a cousin to somebody, an uncle to somebody. You are part of something bigger than yourself. "
" No one ever really read to me as a child. "
" I have a particular disdain for Islamic extremism, and of course, in both 'The Kite Runner' and 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' that's obvious. "
" It's a very nice kind of quasi-fame being a writer, because you remain largely anonymous and you can have a private life, which I really cherish. I don't like to be in the public light all that much. I don't crave the whole fame thing at all. "
" The jury is out as to whether the Afghans are up to the task of protecting their people. "
" Write the story you need to tell and want to read. It's impossible to know what others want, so don't waste time trying to guess. "