Carel de Haseth
(Curaçao, 1950) is a poet, pharmacist and politician. His most famous work Katibu di Shon (Slave and Master) appeared in 1988 in Papiamento, but came out in 2002 in Dutch and was translated into German in 2007. In this novel De Hasseth tells the story of the slave rebellion in Curaçao of 1795 from the perspective of a master and a slave who grew up together as friends. In 1989 the writer received the Cola Debrot Prize for this book, the highest cultural award of Curaçao. De Haseth made his debut in 1969 with the volume of poetry 3 dagen vóór Eva (3 Days before Eve) followed by several other books of poetry. De Haseth belonged to the group which in 1993 founded the Partido Antia Restruktura (PAR), the party of former prime minister Miguel Pourier. From 1994–2004 he was with several interruptions minister plenipotentiary of the Netherlands Antillea. Right now he is a council advisor of the Netherlands Antilles and a member of the jury of the 2009 Libris Literature Prize.(WIN 2009)
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A 'pre-read' at Winternachten round writer Tip Marugg (1923-2006). Journalist Petra Possel read from No-one Is an Island, in which she defies the myth of Marugg as a hermit. Poet Carel de Haseth read newly discovered poems, included in the collected works Heaven is Short-lived. The book and the collected works (edited by Aart Broek and Wim Rutgers) was published on 29 January.
Seldom was the relationship between The Netherlands and the Antilles so turbulent as now. Just in the year the Dutch Kingdom Charter celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. In this charter, the relationship between Holland and its colonies was formalized. The Antillian writers Barche Baromeo (Curaçao) and Lasana M. Sekou (Sint Maarten) have clear opinions on what this relationship should be in the future. They discuss the future of the kingdom with the authorized Antillian minister Maurice Adriaens and his predecessor Carel de Haseth and Vivien Calmez, together with the audience. The debate is led by Ruben Severina. English/Dutch spoken.
What would the Antilles have looked like if the revolution of 1969 had not been surpressed? Barche Baromeo sketches that other future in his novel E Parto. Lasana Sekou from Saint Martin, in his fierce resistance poems, and Carel de Haseth from Curaçao, in a more modest tone, also dream of a new future for their islands.