Angel Wagenstein, born in 1922 as the son of a Jewish craftsman family in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, spent his childhood in France. During World War II, he barely escaped death as a prisoner of a labour camp. After the war, he studied film dramaturgy at the Academy of Film Art in Moscow, and became one of the co-founders of Bulgarian Film. The author of over 50 scripts has received numerous awards. Сбогом, Шанхай, his third novel, received the Jean Monnet Prize for European Literature.