Johnatan Littell was born in a Jewish family that emigrated in the USA at the end of XIX century. His father was the writer Rober Littell. Johnatan Littell spet his childhood in France to study at the Yale university in the USA. Even though his family didn't live through the same fate as the other European Jewish pepole, he grew up with the spirit of that tragedy which became a main element of his writings. His childhood was marked by the Vietnam war. After three years in the university he traveled through different countries - fields of war at that moment taking part of the humanitarian association "Action" against the hunger. In 2001 he quited the assosiation to devote himself to writing.