Atef Abu Saif

Atef Abu Saif was born in the Jabaliya refugee camp in the Gaza Strip in 1973. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Birzeit and a master’s degree from the University of Bradford. Recently, he received his PhD 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 has also published a collection of short stories entitled Everything is Normal. Abu Saif is also the author of Civil Society and the State: Theoretical Perspectives with Particular Reference to Palestine, published in Amman in 2005. He is a regular contributor to several Palestinian and Arabic newspapers and journals.

Read Atef's recent war diaries (June/July 2014 War on Gaza):

'I do not want to be a number' - Atef Abu Saif in The Slate.
'The Children Have Barely Slept' - Atef Abu Saif in Guernica Magazine.
'We wait each night for death to knock at the door' - Atef Abu Saif in The Sunday Times.
'Life Under Fire: Five Days in Gaza' - from Atef Abu Saif's war diary in The Guardian.
'Eight Days in Gaza: Life and Death in the Gaza Strip' - from Atef Abu Saif's war diary in The New York Times.


Watch Atef Abu Saif speak about The Book of Gaza at the Manchester launch, 7th June 2014.







Full interview to follow.




Anthologies featuring Atef Abu Saif

The Book of Gaza

This anthology brings together some of the pioneers of the Gazan short story from that era, as well as younger exponents of the form, with ten stories that offer glimpses of life in the Strip that go beyond the global media headlines.

Collections edited by Atef Abu Saif

The Book of Gaza

This anthology brings together some of the pioneers of the Gazan short story from that era, as well as younger exponents of the form, with ten stories that offer glimpses of life in the Strip that go beyond the global media headlines.