Najat Abed Alsamad is a Syrian writer, gynaecologist, and Russian-Arabic translator. Born in Sweida, Syria, she now lives in Berlin, Germany. In The Tenderness of War is the third of her five published books, which comprise novels as well as other collections of non-fiction accounts. Her 2017 novel No Water Quenches Her Thirst won a Katara Prize in 2018 and has been translated into four languages. She is currently working on a new novel, in between training for a German medical qualification.