Dan Benaya Seri was born in Jerusalem in 1935, and has lived there his entire life. He spent many years working as a civil servant for the Ministry of Agriculture.
Seri started writing relatively late in an attempt, as he puts it, to bring back the people he loved, especially his father who was killed during the 1948 War of Independence, when Seri was 11. Seri has written three novels and a number of short stories and novellas. His novella, The Thousand Wives of Naftali Siman-Tov, has been adapted for the screen.
Seri writes about the world of Sephardic Jews in Jerusalem. Through the lives of his protagonists, he creates an autonomous society controlled by a perverse logic of its own. Seri was awarded the Brenner Prize (2009) and the Bialik Prize (2012) for Lifetime Achievement.