Meir Shalev (born 1948 in Nahalal, Israel) is a famous Israeli writer. He is the son of the Jerusalemite poet Yitzchak Shalev. His cousin Zeruya Shalev is also a writer. He began his career by presenting ironic features on television and radio. He also moderated the program Erev Shabbat (Friday night) on Israel channel one. In 1988 his first novel was published, The Blue Mountain (Hebrew title Roman Russi [Russian novel]).
He has written non-fiction and children's books as well, and he writes a weekly column in the weekend edition of the newspaper Yediot Ahronot. In his column, Shalev comments satirically on government policy and laments the situation of the Israeli people.