The Backpacker's Father
Anya has been backpacking in the Spice Islands, but her last postcard home arrived months ago. Now her anxious father, Francesco, has gone in search of her. Almost within sight of land the ferry he's travelling on sinks and Francesco and two other Europeans are washed ashore on the island from which Anya's last postcard was sent. They are immediately arrested, and then almost as swiftly released under surveillance when Francesco shows the local police captain a photograph of himself with the country's president. Now, although they may not leave the island, they can pick up the pieces of their plans - the two Europeans to make their TV documentary about a remote tribe in the hills, Francesco to find his daughter. What Francesco cannot know is that by showing the photograph he has unleased a chain of events that leaves them all at the mercy of the conflicting ambitions of the Christian police chief and the Muslim army colonel.
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- Paperback | 256 pages
- 153 x 234 x 19.05mm | 385.55g
- 30 Oct 2006
- Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- London, United Kingdom
"Gunnar Kopperud's 'The Time of Light' enters the mind of a young German fighting at Stalingrad and helps us come to terms with guilt and complicity. A magnificent novel." (Guardian)
PRAISE FOR THE TIME OF LIGHT 'Gunnar Kopperud's The Time of Light enters the mind of a young German fighting at Stalingrad and helps us come to terms with guilt and complicity. A magnificent novel' Guardian 'Visceral, shocking and impressive' Observer PRAISE FOR LONGING 'An ambitious meditation on the nature of human conflict topical and stimulating' The Times 'Kopperud's haunting voice kept me coming back for more' Guardian
About Gunnar Kopperud
Gunnar Kopperud was born in Norway in 1946 and studied theatre in Strasbourg and London, later taking a Master's degree in philosophy at the University of Oslo. He has worked as a journalist for, among others, Associated Press and the leading Norwegian daily paper, Dagbladet. He is the author of The Time of Light and Longing. He lives in Norway. Christopher Jamieson is the translator of Longing.