Deon Meyer is passionate about SA and its people and says it’s a fantastic setting for his crime fiction, writes Lauren de Beer.
FOR an international publisher, the decision to take on any author, let alone a South African, is a risk, a leap of faith. In the case of Cape Town-based crime novelist Deon Meyer, the gamble to publish a “totally unknown guy from the bottom end of the Dark Continent” is one that has more than paid dividends for both parties, with the awards his writing has garnered marginally outnumbered only by his sales figures around the world.
The news that his book Thirteen Hours was the top download on Kindle for a week was just reward for an author who gets better with every outing. Trackers (Hodder & Stoughton) is Meyer’s seventh novel and uses, as with his previous works , a South African landscape alive with colour and contrast as its setting. And, as usual, the original was written in Afrikaans (titled Spoor) and translated by Laura Seegers.
“Laura is brilliant and I don’t think she gets enough credit for what she does,” says Meyer. “What she manages to do so well is not to lose the South African flavour, and I think that’s a real art.”