He is a European reporter, she is a northern African freedom fighter. She has killed and he has seen it. This is what divides them and also what binds them together. Kopperud drives his novel forward through a series of arguments, journeys and stories, sometimes told by the man, sometimes by the woman, weaving a narrative of longing and desire that explores our collective myths and dreams. Like "The Time of Light", "Longing" is an extraordinarily ambitious novel, marked by vivid story - telling and startling imagery. Rooted in the real world of love and conflict it moves inexorably through a wide variety of locations from South America to Tibet, and through states of the body and mind, simultaneously longing for an elusive spiritual peace and fearful of the loss of human contact it may bring. Praise for "The Time of Light": "Magnificent and deeply moving - enters the mind of a young German fighting at Stalingrad" - "Guardian"; "Impressive - a visceral and often shocking discourse on war and evil" - "Observer"; "Clear, irresistible and brilliant" - Jewish Chronicle".
Gunnar Kopperud was born in Norway in 1946 and has worked as a war reporter mainly in Africa for Associated Press and DAGBLADET. He is the author of THE TIME OF LIGHT. Tom Geddes is the award-winning translator of THE WAY OF THE SERPENT by Torgny Lindgren, DREAMERS by Knut Hamsun and THE TALE OF A DOG by Lars Gustafsson.