Renzo Modiano was born in Rome in 1936. By the time he went to school in 1942, Jewish children were separated from the others, and the words, “Of Jewish race”, appeared in red after his name on his school report. In October 1943, he started the nine months on the run from the Nazi-Fascist authorities that are the subject of this book.
Following the Liberation, he completed his education and graduated in Political Science from the Sapienza University in Rome. He worked as a journalist and on computer technology, but eventually decided that he was more interested in people than in bytes. He became a manager in the personnel department at Olivetti, and then the director of human resources at Mondadori.
He is the author of four novels and the winner of the Dino del Bo literary prize. In 2006 he also won the Ultima Frontiera literary prize for Of Jewish Race, which is now also published in an edition for the Italian schools. He continues to work as a consultant, teacher and writer.