Ali Bader was born in Baghdad, where he studied Western Philosophy and Foreign Literature, and he is now living in Brussels. He has written fifteen novels so far, several works of non-fiction, scripts and plays, and two poetry collections. He has also worked as a war correspondent covering the Middle East.
His best-known novels include Papa Sartre, The Tobacco Keeper, Running after the Wolves, and The Sinful Woman, many of which have won awards. Some elements in his novels are character study, social criticism, philosophical reflection, and explicit language. He has written about art, politics and philosophy for many Arab newspapers and magazines.