Niccolò Ammaniti was born in Rome in 1966. He studied Biology, without however completing the degree course. His first published works were the pulp novel Branchie (Gills, 1994), the collection of short stories Fango (Mud, 1996) and Steal You Away (1999, English translation 2006). With his father Massimo, a prominent psychiatrist, he wrote Nel nome del figlio (In the Name of the Son, 1995), an essay on the problems of adolescence. His first major success was the 2001 novel I’m Not Scared, winner of the Viareggio literary prize, followed by As God Commands, also published in English as The Crossroads (2006, Strega Prize 2007). The two novels taken together make up an ideal diptych on father-son relations portrayed eloquently and with an original use of language. In 2009 Ammaniti published Let the Games Begin (2009) and in 2010 Me and You, again concentrating on the complexity of growing up. In 2012 he returned to the short story with Il momento è delicato (The moment is a delicate one), a collection of grotesque stories of everyday life covering a time span of almost two decades between 1993 and 2012. In 2014 he debuted as film director with the documentary-reportage The Good Life. His latest novel Anna, set in a post-catastrophe world where people don’t live beyond the age of fourteen, was published in 2015. Five films have so far been based on his novels: Kaputt Mundi (directed by Marco Risi, 1998), Branchie (directed by Francesco Ranieri Martinotti, 1999), I'm Not Scared and As God Commands (both directed by Gabriele Salvatores, 2003 and 2008) and Me and You (directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, 2012). His works have been translated in 44 countries.