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Carel van der Merwe

Carel van der Merwe

Author of English and Afrikaans fiction

Akker XV 1986 Click to enlarge
1986
Willem Carel van der Merwe was born on 7 September 1963 in Johannesburg. He attended schools in Johannesburg, Witbank and Cologne, Germany, and graduated from Linden High School in 1981. After completing his military service, he attended Stellenbosch University (1986 B.Acc degree) and the University of Cape Town (1987 GDA). During this time he played lock for the Akker XV, the first Stellenbosch University affiliated rugby team to compete in the then black SARA rugby league.
He completed his Chartered Accountant professional exams in 1988, and thereafter worked at Arthur Andersen & Co, in Johannesburg and London. In 1991 he joined Rand Merchant Bank's Corporate Finance Division, and in 1995 he co-founded African Merchant Bank. In 2000 he took up a position in London as an executive director of Comparex, an international IT group. He lived and worked in London for the next six years, completing a part-time MA (Writing) degree (with distinction) during this time.
In 2004 he published his first short story, The Water Mountains, in an UK short story collection. At the beginning of 2006 he returned to South Africa and settled in Stellenbosch with his wife and two young daughters. In 2007 he published his debut novels, Nasleep and No Man's Land, written by him in Afrikaans and English respectively. No Man's Land was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize, as well as the M-Net Literary Award, while Nasleep was shortlisted for the UJ Literary Prize. Nasleep was translated into Dutch and published in Holland in 2010.He also wrote his next novel in both languages, and Shark and Geldwolf were published in 2009.

He currently owns and manages an investment and advisory company, Grapetown Capital.

Hobbies: Travelling, gholf, buying books, gym.
Favourite books: Disgrace (J.M. Coetzee)
Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell),
War and Peace (Tolstoy)
Atomised (Michel Houellebecq)
The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen)
The Glass Bead Game (Hermann Hesse)
The Magic Mountain (Thomas Mann)
Die groot verlange: Die verhaal van Eugene N. Marais (Leon Rousseau)
Favourite Quote: All happy families are like one another; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way

Awards:

Eugene Marais Prize 2010 for Geldwolf

List of Prose fiction:

The Water Mountains (2004)
Nasleep (2007) / No Man's Land (2007)
Geldwolf (2009) / Shark (2009)
Skaduwee / Shadow, Umuzi, 2012

Read more about these books at : www.umuzi-randomhouse.co.za

Shadow No Man's Land Nasleep Shark Geldwolf


Text by Carel van der Merwe

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