Deon Meyer’s thriller Fever, predicted a pandemic. In an interview with Anadolu Agency, Deon Meyer never imagined that the fiction he wrote in his thriller Fever in 2016 would turn into reality in 2020.
Meyer told the agency it was strange to see his novel turning into reality.
“When you create fiction, especially post-apocalyptic fiction, you do it in the safety of a normal word, in the belief that it would never happen, “he said.
While doing research for his novel, he came across various scientific articles that warned about a pandemic.
Deon Meyer decided to write Fever after witnessing the havoc created by the Avian Influenza (H5N1) and the H1N1 Swine Flu virus during 2009/2010.
“These two terrifying scares, as well as the constant outbreaks of Ebola in Africa, gave me the idea to explore the possibility of a virus as the reason for my needed apocalypse.” Deon Meyer said.
Deon Meyer said that during his research he approached the world-renowned virologist Wolfgang Preiser, Chief of the Medical Virology Department at the University of Stellenbosch.
“I approached Wolfgang with a request to identify a virus that could do the sort of damage that I needed in the novel.
The magnanimous and indulgent professor not only helped enthusiastically but called upon his illustrious colleague Richard Tedder of University College in London also to join.” said Deon Meyer.
He told Anadolu Agency that the scientists told him to pick the coronavirus as the candidate for his novel. They gave him exact details about the virus and how it can wreak havoc in the world.
The plot in Deon Meyer’s novel Fever, revolves around a man somewhere in tropical Africa laying down under a mango tree. An infected bat, with coronavirus in his blood, defecates on his face.
The virus multiplies in his windpipe and mutates into a new kind of virus, a virus that can infect other people easily through the respiratory system.
The parallels between Deon Meyer’s book, Fever, and the current Covid-19 pandemic are startling.
Source: Anadolu Agency
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