Travelling Between Shadows is a substantial introduction to Mario Azzopardi (b. 1994), Maltese poet, theatre director, columnist and lecturer in socio-political drama.
This is an account of his position as Malta’s most radical man of letters and cultural animator, a powerful alternative to complacency in the literary and artistic domains. The exposition is mainly based on his writings and development as an organic activist within the literary and artistic scenes. The integration of his explorations in literature, journalism and drama helps interpretation. making of this volume a serious attempt to help the reader understand the makings of a complex individualist who militates for collective change.
Azzopardi is a crucial social critic and his creative process can often be seen as a sharp, controversial force against oppressive myths and alienation within the socio-cultural milieu of his times. He set out not only to demystify an island’s traditional value system, but also to “politicize” the cultural model and give it an active conscience.