Elvira Dones is a writer. She was born in Durres and raised in Tirana, Albania. After graduating in literature, she left her country in 1988 and settled in Switzerland. Her first novel was Senza bagagli (Besa Editrice), published in 1997. From 2004 to 2015 she lived and worked in the United States and then returned to Switzerland. She has written seven novels, two collections of short stories, screenplays and documentaries. Among her books are Sole bruciato and Vergine giurata, both published by Feltrinelli, and Piccola guerra perfetta (Einaudi Stile Libero).