Sami Berdugo, an Israeli author, was born in 1970 to parents of Moroccan origin. He lost his father at the age of 13. He studied comparative literature and history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. At present, he teaches creative writing at Tel Aviv University and Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. He also holds writing workshops for youth. Berdugo has published novels, short stories and novellas. His works won wide critical acclaim and are taught in schools in Israel. He was awarded numerous prizes, such as the Yaakov Shabtai Prize (2002), the Peter Schweifert Prize (2003), the Bernstein Prize (2003), the Prime Minister’s Prize (2005) and the Newman Prize (2007). He lives in Tel Aviv.