Antoine Cassar
 

 

Antoine Cassar – Passeport

Il est à toi / ce passeport / pour tous les peuples / avec un drapeau arc-en-ciel


Antoine Cassar

Poet
 

En 2009 Antoine Cassar a publié un long poème sous forme d’un anti-passeport, dans lequel il s’exprime autour des réalités liées au fait d’être en possession d’un passeport ou non. (les réalités créées par le passeport)

Les recettes de la vente du Passeport sont versées à des ONG locales qui offrent assistance juiridique et linguistique aux réfugiés et aux demandeurs d’asile.

Antoine Cassar est né à Londres, de parents Maltais et a grandi entre l’Angleterre, Malte et l’Espagne. Il a étudié et travaillé en Italie, en France et au Luxembourg.

Born in London to Maltese parents in 1978, Antoine Cassar grew up between England, Malta and Spain, and worked and studied in Italy and France. In 2004, after a thirteen-year absence from the Maltese islands, he returned to Qrendi, the village of his family, to re-learn a language he had long forgotten. He now lives in Luxembourg, where he works as a translator.After a few years’ experimentation with multilingual verse, culminating in the books ‘Mużajk’ (Ed. Skarta, 2008) and the composition ‘Merħba, a poem of hospitality’ (awarded the United Planet Writing Prize in 2009), Cassar switched to writing poetry mainly in Maltese. His Maltese poems have been translated into around twenty languages, including Spanish, French, Russian, Mandarin and Japanese.Cassar’s long Maltese poem ‘Passaport’, printed in the form of an anti-passport for all peoples and all landscapes, has been published and presented in several languages, in a number of European and Asian cities, with profits donated to local NGOs providing assistance to refugees and asylum seekers. The German and Luxembourgish adaptations of the Passport booklet are by local performance poet Francis Kirps.’Bejn / Between’, a selection of 33 Maltese poems with parallel translation in English (by the author, Éire Stuart & Alex Vella Gera), together with the long English poem ‘The Long Rope’, was published and presented in Malta in December 2011 (Ed. Skarta).For more information about the Antoine Cassar visit www.antoinecassar.info. More information about the Passport project can also be found at www.passaport.info