Jesper Wung-Sung, Denmark

Jesper Wung-Sung was born in 1971 in Marstal, a town on the Danish island of Æro. He studied Literature, English, and Danish in Copenhagen and now lives in Svendborg. Since his 1998 debut, he has become one of the most productive and renowned children’s book authors in Denmark, as demonstrated by his many awards: Among other prizes, he received the Danish Cultural Ministry Prize in 2011, and was nominated for the Nordic Council’s Children and Teen Literature Prize in 2015.

Jesper Wung-Sung’s work cannot be defined by form or theme: Although he mainly writes novels and novellas for teens, he has also published picture books, plays, and novels for adults. Regardless of the historical, fantastic, or realistic setting of the text, he negotiates universal and existential themes in a way that is both modern and relevant. He writes about exclusion, solidarity, claims to power, and compassion. These themes are also central in Jesper Wung-Sungs first book translated into German, Opfer. Lasst uns hier raus (Victims: let us out), Danish title Skolen (School). The German version was published in Spring 2016

Photo: Jacob Nielsen