Da Afghanistan var fredeligt

Kristine Marie Hansen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project studies a period in the recent history of Afghanistan (1963-1981) on the basis of not only scientific material but also a historical novel, The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, first published in 2003. The period is defined partly on the basis of the plot in the novel with the aim of showing that our understanding of a historical period in a remote country can be enriched by fiction involving historical facts. In historical terms the period covers the last years of the Afghan monarchy, which coincides with the constitutional period of 1963-73, and the two coup d'état in 1973 and 1978 and shortly after, in december 1979, the Soviet invasion, taking into account the history theory of Knut Kjeldstadli: Fortiden er ikke hvad den har været, 2001 (Chapter 2) and his theory on how to handle sources of historical information (Chapter 12). The project concludes that fiction combined with historical facts can convey vividness and a deeper human dimension to our understanding of a historical period and that the information value of The Kite Runner is considerable considering the broad audience this book has gained.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato23 maj 2013


  • Afghanistan
  • The Kite Runner