Hadara Lazar, an Israeli novelist and journalist, was born and grew up in Haifa. She holds a BA in history from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and also studied literature at the Sorbonne, in Paris. After spending a number of years abroad, Lazar worked with B'Tselem during the 1st Intifada. Lazar has published five novels and a non-fiction book, In and Out of Palestine, 1940-1948, on the last years of the British Mandate as experienced variously by Jews, Arabs and the British. It was the research for that book that led to her novel, A Local Affair. Lazar is also the translator of Sartre`s major novel, Nausea, into Hebrew.