Arthur Nesnidal lives near Clermont-Ferrand, where he studied philosophy. Since 2015, his has written for the satirical Journal SinéMensuel. He has also spent time in the “Jungle” of Calais and wrote a work on a school for refugees, The New Black Hussards of the Republic. An unpaid professional writer, he also ran as a legislative candidate for the left-wing La France Insoumise party in the 2017 election. The Purge is his first novel. He is twenty-two years old.