Khaled Hosseini: I was born and raised in Kabul. We lived in a neighborhood called Wazir Akbar Khan, which was one of the up-and-coming neighborhoods in Kabul.  My father was a diplomat. He worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul, and my mother taught Farsi and history at a very large high school for girls.  So I grew up in Kabul. I lived in Kabul until I was about five or six, lived in Tehran a couple of years —  kind of the diplomat family moving around.  Came back to Kabul and left just before the communist — a couple of years before the communist coup — in 1976.