Amir Gutfreund was born in Haifa in 1963. After studying applied mathematics at the Technion, he joined the Israeli Air Force, where he worked in the field of mathematical research. The author of five novels and a collection of short stories, he received the Buchman Prize from the Yad Vashem Institute (2002), the 2003 Sapir Prize, the Sami Rohr Choice Award from the Jewish Book Council in 2007 and the Prime Minister's Award in 2012. Gutfreund lived with his family in the Galilee, in northern Israel. In November 2015, after a brave battle with cancer, he passed away at 52.