‘It thrills me to trick the reader’ – Beyers de Vos chats about his gripping debut novel, Talion
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Beyers de Vos chatted to Polity SA recently about his debut novel, Talion.
De Vos is a writer, editor and journalist who lives and works in Cape Town. He was prose editor for the literary journal New Contrast, and has a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of Cape Town. His debut is also available in Afrikaans, as Wrok.
The novel follows the story of a young student from Pretoria named Freya, who sees her twin brother murdered in front of her.
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So, why crime fiction?
‘I didn’t think I was going to write a crime novel,’ De Vos says, ‘but it’s interesting, if you put characters under that kind of pressure, people who have been involved in a crime, it’s a lot of a trauma, and a lot of big themes come out of that.
‘You’ve got grief, anger, revenge, loss, all of these things that place these characters under a lot of pressure. So you can write about these very big themes; it’s a kind of shortcut to talk about those things. I think that’s why it appeals to me so much.
‘I also like puzzles, so it thrills me to trick the reader.’
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