David Albahari is one of the most prominent writers of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and his books, thirteen novels and eleven short story collections, have won many awards, among them the NIN Award for the best novel published in Yugoslavia in 1996. Albahari was born in Kosovo in 1948. In 1994, during the war in Yugoslavia, he immigrated with his family to Canada, where he still lives today. Albahari lost many family members during the Second World War, his writings often deal with the subject, and he is also a very active member of the Jewish community. In 1991 he was appointed Chair of the Federation of Jewish Communes of Yugoslavia. His books have been translated to many languages, and he is a member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.