Dacia Maraini was born in Fiesole in 1936. She spent her childhood in Japan where, between 1943 and 1946, she was interned with her family in the Japanese concentration camp of Nagoyo. She has written several novels, poetry, screenplays, essays, often outlining in her works complex and determined female figures, engaged in social themes. Her long and brillant career was crowned by several acclaimed awards: winner of Premio Strega and Premio Campiello, finalist for the International Man Booker Prize, short-listed for the Independent Foreign Fiction Award and a nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature. Her books have been translated into many languages.