Reuven Namdar is an Israeli writer. He was born in 1964 in Jerusalem, to a family of descendants of the Marranos of Mashhad in Iran. Namdar holds a master’s degree in anthropology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He published stories, literary reviews and translations into classical Persian poetry. His first book, “Haviv” won the prize of the Ministry of Culture for first books in 2000. His book “The House That Was Destroyed” (2013) won the Sapir Prize. In the last fifteen years he has lived in New York, where he teaches Hebrew and Jewish literature.