Nir Ratzkovsky was born in Haifa, Israel, in 1973. He studied biology at Tel Aviv University, and received an MA in molecular biology. He then moved to Paris where he lived for three years. When he returned to Israel, he became a literary translator from French to Hebrew. To date he has translated over 20 books of classical and contemporary French literature, including Jonathan Littell’s The Kindly Ones, Irène Némirovsky’s Suite française, Simone de Beauvoir’s Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter, Daniel Pennac, and many more. He is also the editor of Paris-Dakar, a series of translations of French-language literature. Ratzkovsky is involved in several projects for the theater, and is artistic director of the yearly festival, Livres en scène. In 2015, he was decorated by the French Ministry of National Education as Knight of
the Ordre des Palmes Académiques. He also won the Ministry of Culture Prize for Translation (2015).