Atef Abu Saif

Atef Abu Saif was born in Jabalia 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. He received a PhD in Political and Social Science from the European University Institute in Florence. He is the author of five novels: Shadows in the Memory (2007), The Tale of the Harvest Night (1999), Snowball (2000), The Salty Grape of Paradise (2003, 2006) and A Suspended Life (2014), which has just been shortlisted for the 2015 International Prize for Arab Fiction (IPAF). He has also published two collections of short stories – Everything is Normal (2004) and Still Life: Stories from Gaza Time (2013) – as well as several books on politics. He is a regular contributor to a number of Palestinian and Arabic newspapers and journals. In 2014 Atef edited The Book of Gaza, as part of Comma’s ‘City in Short Fiction’ series, which featured ten short stories by ten contemporary authors from the Strip.

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.





Publications by Atef Abu Saif

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.