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Last Execution

Jesper Wung-Sung


ISBN 9781481429665


Called brilliantly devastating in a starred review from Kirkus Reviews, this award-winning, mesmerizing novel, based on the chilling true story of the last execution in Denmark’s history, asks a question that plagues a small Danish town: does a fifteen-year-old boy deserve to be put to death? On February 22, 1853, a fifteen-year-old Niels Nelson is prepared to be executed on Gallows Hill.

This remarkable, wrenching story is told with the alternating perspectives of eleven different bystanders—one per hour—as the clock ticks ever closer to the moment when the boy must face his fate. Niels Nielson, a young peasant, was sentenced to death by beheading on the dubious charges of arson and murder. Does he have the right to live despite what he is accused of? That is the question the townsfolk ask as the countdown begins. With strong social conscience, piercing intellect, and...

The Author

jesper Wung-Sung Jesper Wung-Sung (born 1971) has written numerous books for children, adolescents and adults. He tried studies in literature, English and Danish at Copenhagen University before he found out that he was created to be a writer.

Jesper Wung-Sung debuted in 2008 with the short story collection Two jerk and a pass , and for the he won Bogforums debutant price. His first novel, you do not know accusative released the following year. Two jerks and a pass in 2003 was made into a youth film of the same name. Jesper Wung-Sung was even co-wrote the screenplay for the film.

Men are from Marstal (2007) is surreal, tragicomic and affectionate portraits of aggressive, discouraged, often paralyzed or daydreaming men and boys, but as Literature page's review Pernille Lisborg writes in his review of the short story collection , it is not only a book for men. Listen Wung-Sung read from Men are from Marstal .


 

 

 

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Brilliantly devastatin. —Kirkus Review