Martin Winckler (pen name of Marc Zaffran) was born in Algiers in 1955. His family moved from there to Israel and then, in 1962, to France. Winckler obtained his medical degree in 1982 and opened his own office as general practitioner in 1983. He also worked part-time at a women’s health center for family planning. His first novel, The Case of Dr. Sachs (La Maladie de Sachs) was released in France in 1998 and became a surprise bestseller, with sales in excess of 600,000 copies. Winckler lives in a small city in provincial France.