Atef Abu Saif
Atef Abu Saif was born in Jabaia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip in1973. He attended school in Gaza. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Birzeit and a masters' degree from Bradford. Recently, he received his Ph.D. in political and social sciences from the European University Institute in Florence. He is the author of four novels: Shadows in the Memory (1997), The Tale of the Harvest Night (1999), Snowball (2000), and The Salty Grape of Paradise (2003 & 2006). He also published a collection of short stories entitled Everything is Normal. Abu Saif is also the author of Civil Society and the State: Theoretical Perspective with Particular Reference to Palestine, published in Amman in 2005. He is a regular contributor to several Palestinian and other Arabic language newspapers, journal and literary supplements.