Sahar Khalifeh was born in Nablus, Palestine, in 1941 and is one of the best-known Palestinian women writers. Following an education in Palestine, she obtained a scholarship to study in the United States and whilst there obtained an MA in English Literature from the University of North Carolina, as well as a doctorate in Women's studies and American Literature from Iowa University. To date she has published nine novels, all of which deal with the situation of the Palestinians under occupation. Many of her works have been translated, including into English, French, German and Hebrew. She has won a number of Arab and international prizes, including the Alberto Moravia Prize in Italy, the Cervantes Award Prize in Spain, and the Naguib Mahfouz Prize in Egypt.