Deon Meyer Biography
Deon Meyer is a South African thriller novelist, writing in Afrikaans. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages. He has also written numerous scripts for television and film.
Deon Meyer Education
In 1976 he schooled at the Schoonspruit High School in Klerksdorp. He studied at Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education where he studied for a BA with English and History as majors. Deon later obtained an honors degree at the University of the Free State.
Deon Meyer Career
He is a former journalist, advertising copywriter, Internet manager, and brand strategist. He has published thirteen novels and two short story collections. His books have been published in more than 40 countries worldwide, and one (Dead Before Dying) was turned into the international TV series Cape Town.
He has also written two series for television, and four screenplays for feature films, and has produced and directed movies in his native Afrikaans.
Deon Meyer’s novel-writing career started when the Afrikaans magazine, Huisgenoot, published a short story he had submitted. Since then he has published eleven novels and two collections of short stories. His novels reflect current social issues in South Africa
Deon Meyer Books
- 2007: Blood Safari
- 2000: Dead at Daybreak
- 2004: Devil’s Peak: A Novel
- 1999: Dead Before Dying
- 2008: Thirteen Hours
- 2003: Heart of the Hunter
- 2016: Fever
- 2016: 7 Dae
- 2011: Trackers
- 2015: Icarus
- 2014: Cobra
- 2012: Seven Days
- 2012: 7 Days
- 2015: Jusqu’au dernier
- Cape Town
- 2000: Orion
- 2014: obra: roman
- 2012: Devil’s Peak
- 2013: Dirt Busters: A Guide to Adventure Motorbiking
- 2012: Karoonag
- 2017: Jagveld [AFRIKAANS]
Deon Meyer Age
Deon Meyer was born on 4 July 1958 Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa. He celebrates his birthday on July 4 every year.
Deon Meyer Family
After doing our research, details about his parents are not available and it is also not known if he has any siblings.
Deon Meyer Spouse
Meyer is married to his lovely wife Anita. And together they are blessed with four children namely, Lida, Liam, Johan, Konstanz.
Deon Meyer Body Measurements
- Height: 5 feet 6 inches
- Weight: Not Available
- Shoe Size: 8 (US)
- Body Shape: Not Available
- Hair Colour: Brown
- Eye Colour: Amber
Deon Meyer Salary
According to our reliable sources, Deon’s annual salary is not available
Deon Meyer Net Worth
The award-winning Writer, Meyer has an estimated net worth of $20 Million which he has earned through his successful career as a
Deon Meyer Awards and Achievements
Meyer has also been nominated and has also won numerous awards.
- 2012: M-Net Literary Award (Film category) for ‘7 Dae’
- 2010: Martin Beck Award (“Den gyllene kofoten” or The golden crowbar) by the Swedish Academy of Crime Writers for ‘Devil’s Peak’.
- 2010:lLe pic du diable, the French translation of Devil’s Peak won Readers’ Award from CritiquesLibres.com for Best Crime Novel or Thriller.
- 2009: 13 Hours won the ATKV Prize for Best Suspense Fiction
- 2009: Weisser Schatten (‘Blood Safari’) receives the German Krimi Award (third place)
- 2008: ‘Blood Safari’ won the inaugural ATKV Prize for Best Suspense Fiction.
- 2007: ‘Dead at Daybreak’ won best television script for the South African series by the ATKV
- 2006: ‘Heart of the Hunter’ (German title: Das Herz des Jägers) won Deutscher Krimi Preis.
- 2004: ‘Devil’s Peak’ (Afrikaans Title: Infanta) won ATKV Prose Prize for 2004.
- 2004: ‘Dead at Daybreak’ (French title: Les Soldats de l’aube) won the French Prix Mystère de la critique
- 2003: ‘Heart of the Hunter’ (Afrikaans title: Proteus) won the ATKV Prose Prize.
- 2003: ‘Dead Before Dying’ (French title: Jusqu’au Dernier) won Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policière
- 2000: ‘Dead at Daybreak’ (Afrikaans title: Orion) won the ATKV Prose Prize.
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Meyer is 61 as of 2019. He was born in 1958
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He stands at a height of 5 feet 6 inches
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He is married to his lovely wife Anita Meyer
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Deon Meyer Interview
Mr. Meyer, welcome to our program.
Mr. DEON MEYER (South African Novelist): Thank you very much, Linda. May I say good morning to America?
(Soundbite of laughter)
WERTHEIMER: You have written three novels, which have been relatively recently made available here. Some of the same characters show up in all three, and some of the same themes. But the one we want to talk about today is called Dead Before Dying. And it’s about a cop who’s struggling with the loss of his wife and not really making it.
Mr. MEYER: Yes.
WERTHEIMER: Could you talk about this character and his – who he is, his experience?
Mr. MEYER: I needed a character, first of all, to solve the murders, because the murders are the main intrigue of the book. But I also needed a man who had a lot of other things to cope with. He’s overweight. He’s drinking too much. He gets a new commander at the Murder and Robbery Unit, who tells him that it’s either shape up or ship out. He’s very depressed.
I just thought that the reader would identify much more with a character who not only struggles with solving a series of murders , but also with some very personal issues.
WERTHEIMER: The police procedural, now that is a classic American, British, French mystery format, cops working their way through the case, Scotland Yard, the L.A. Police Department, the St. Paul Police Department. But generally, these cops are good guys. And our impression from here is that cops in South Africa, pre-Mandela, were not.
Mr. MEYER: You know, when I started doing research for this book, I spent about two weeks with the Cape Town Murder and Robbery Squad. And I met both types of detectives. I met some really good guys, exceptionally intelligent. And then I met some bad apples as well. So they were both there. And obviously…
WERTHEIMER: And they’re both still there.
Mr. MEYER: No, I don’t think so. I think the bad element either were removed or felt very ill at ease in the force, and in the past 10 years have left.
WERTHEIMER: But you still build into your characters the possibility that they have done or seen dreadful things in the past, things that have involved black South Africans. That’s a sort of a cloud that’s hanging over your book, all your books.
Mr. MEYER: It’s an inescapable part of being a South African, and especially being a South African law enforcement officer. Bad things did happen. And we all were part of it, either by reading about it in the media, seeing it on television, or experiencing it personally; or being part of it, as a lot of the police people were.
WERTHEIMER: Do you think that timing has something to do with the fact that you can write a police procedural novel now, and send it out to the world and expect people to identify with your hero?
Mr. MEYER: Absolutely. I think it would have been totally impossible to write a book about policemen, or former policemen, in the old South Africa under the apartheid regime. What Nelson Mandela and F.W. De Klerk did for me personally was they freed up police detective heroes and private eyes so that one can write about them. I don’t it is possible to have a protagonist in a police state as a hero.
WERTHEIMER: Do you think the crime novel, this genre of novels, helps you, as a plot form, to explore contemporary South Africa?
Mr. MEYER: You know, Ian Rankin once said when we had the discussion…
WERTHEIMER: Ian Rankin writes police procedurals…
Mr. MEYER: Yeah.
Mr. MEYER: He’s a brilliant, brilliant author.
WERTHEIMER: Right. Right.
Mr. MEYER: He said that he thinks crime fiction is probably the genre where you can learn most about another society. And I think so. Yes. I think crime and everything that is related is as part of a culture, and a country, and an atmosphere in a country than anything else.
WERTHEIMER: The most recent book of yours has as its hero a black South African.
Mr. MEYER: Yes.
WERTHEIMER: How’d you feel about going down that path?
Mr. MEYER: You know, in South African crime fiction, whatever we’ve had over the years, we’ve never had a black protagonist. And I just felt that it was time. It was something that needed to be done in Afrikaans literature. The biggest challenge was to get inside the head of a black character. And I was very aware of the fact that the critics, and especially in South Africa, would say how dare a white Afrikaner, South African, create a black protagonist?
So I knew I had to get it right. Despite all the cultural research that I’ve done, despite all the Xhosa people that I spoke, because this protagonist is a Xhosa and…
WERTHEIMER: You can do that and click. I’m impressed.
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WERTHEIMER: Explain Xhosa.
Mr. MEYER: In South Africa, we have 11 different languages, and maybe a few more cultural groups. One of the black cultural groups is the Xhosa. There’s also the Tswana, and the Sesotho and the Northern Sotho, and the Zulu and the Vanda and the Phuthi, et cetera, et cetera.
WERTHEIMER: And how was it received? What did the critics tell you?
Mr. MEYER: It was extremely well received. I remember specifically there was a Xhosa journalist from the Sunday newspaper in South Africa called the Sunday Times that did an interview, and she was asking me all sorts of questions, and I was waiting for the big Xhosa question. And eventually, when she didn’t ask it, I said, but please tell be what did you think of Tobela, who is the protagonist. And she said, Oh, he’s a typical Xhosa guy. And she went on. And I knew then that I was going to be okay.
WERTHEIMER: You speak English very well. Why don’t you try writing a book in English?
Mr. MEYER: You know, it’s one thing to speak it. It’s another thing to write it in such a way that you feel you get everything right the way that you want to. That’s the one reason. The other reason is that Afrikaans being a small African language, it’s the only contribution I can make to my mother tongue to help this language survive, is by writing in it.
Mr. Meyer, thank you for spending time with us.
Mr. MEYER: Thank you very, very much. It was a great honor being with you.
WERTHEIMER: Dead Before Dying is the book his publishers hope will introduce Deon Meyer to American readers.