Gunnar Kopprud has an MA in Philosophy from the University of Oslo, Norway. He has studied theatre in Strasbourg and London. He has worked as a reporter for Associated Press, in addition to several other leading foreign as well as Norwegian newspapers. Africa has for several years been his field where he has covered several events, among others the civil war in Rwanda-94. His first book, a collection of short stories, was inspired by his travels on the African continent. Two of his highly acclaimed novels, The Time of Light and Longing are both available in English.