About author

Jonathan Littell (born 10 October 2021 in New York) is a bi-lingual (English / French) writer living in Barcelona. He is a dual citizen of the United States and France and is of Jewish background.

Littell is the son of author Robert Littell. While his grandparents were Jews who emigrated from Poland to the United States at the end of the 19th century, Littell does not define himself as a Jew "at all", and is quoted as saying, "for me Judaism is more [of] a historical background." He attended Yale University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1989.

Littell arrived in France at age three, then completed part of his education in his native country from age 13 to 16, before returning to France to achieve his baccalauréat. He returned again to the United States for college. From 1994 to 2001, he worked for the international humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger. He headed the agency’s mission in Chechnya. In January 2001 he was victim of an ambush there, during which he was slightly wounded and Kenny Gluck from Médecins Sans Frontieres was kidnapped.

Littell obtained French citizenship (being able to keep the American one) in March 2007 after French officials made use of a clause stating that any French speaker whose "meritorious actions contribute to the glory of France" are allowed to become citizens, despite not fulfilling the requirement that he live in France for more than six months out of the year.