Jonas T. Bengtsson (b. 1976) stunned the Danish literary scene in 2005 with his critically acclaimed and award-winning debut Amina’s Letters. Hailed as “an extraordinary new voice” by critics, Bengtsson went on to write Submarino, a literary punch in the face that consolidated his position as the master of disturbing and authentic portrayals of Copenhagen’s underworld. Bengtsson writes with an uncanny, raw realism and maturity, a tone unlike any other to have come out of the Nordic countries.
Jonas T. Bengtsson’s Sus has been shortlisted for 2018’s Danish Radio Literature Prize. The six titles competing for the award will be successively announced during the coming months, and starting in December, Danish Radio’s book clubs will read and discuss the titles. The winning novel and author will then be chosen by the book clubs’ votes and a jury. The result will be made public in June 2018.
Jonas T. Bengtsson is finally back to immerse the reader in the grungy yet poetic world of Copenhagen’s lost souls. His highly anticipated fourth novel tells the story of the nineteen-year-old girl Sus. Though almost an adult in years, Sus could still be mistaken for a child, in fact routinely is. It is as if time stopped, just for her and her family. For her brother in the hospital, grenade shrapnel digging into his brain. For their father, in prison for killing their mother. But time is about to start again, and Sus has been preparing for it for a long time. When the prison gates open, she will be ready.
Sus is a story of revenge: its all-encompassing passion, purity of purpose, and untamed beauty. Award-winning Jonas T. Bengtsson’s new novel celebrates humanity at its very darkest.