Ivan Cangelosi © 2011
103X104 cm
Ink on Paper
Technique – Handwriting of the whole novel of Jean-Paul Sartre – French
Material – Pens and paper

About the novel – Nausea (French “La Nausée”) is a novel written by Jean-Paul Sartre. It has been published in 1938 and is considered one of the major novel about existentialism. By a constant paraphrasing of existing things around Antoine Roquentin (the main character of the novel), this one feels a strong disgust: the nausea. Antoine Roquentin becomes aware of the futility of existence at the sight of a root in a park. Although we know what the general function of a root is, we have no explanation for the existence of that single root.

Nausea is the self-revealing existence. It dwells in the things all around me” (J.P.S.)

Description of the painting – In order to write the terminal part of a frond of branches it has been used the red color. The shape and color of these branches reminds of shape and color of blood vessels. This is to represent the self-revealing existence and the vitality of the tree.

I Malavoglia
© Ivan Cangelosi, 2011
164X114 cm
Ink on paper
Technique – Handwriting of the whole novel of Giovanni Verga – Italian
Material – Pens and paper

Private collection

About the novel – “I Malavoglia” is a novel written by the Sicilian writer Giovanni Verga and published on 1881. The book tells the story of a family of fishermen (nicknamed “I Malavoglia”) living in a Sicilian village. Householder is the old master ‘Ntoni. With him in the “house of the medlar tree” is living his son (Bastianazzo) with his wife and their five children. When one of the grandchildren of master ‘Ntoni (the young’ Ntoni) leaves for military service, the family loses one of its greatest support. That’s why the old master ‘Ntoni decides to buy on tick a load of lupin seeds which he plans to resell at the local market. During the sea trip, Malavoglia’s boat (Provvidenza) shipwrecks: the load is lost and Bastianazzo dies. Master ‘Ntoni pressed by debts is forced to sell the “house of the medlar”. After that, a series of misfortunes befalls on Malavoglias, cutting off any hope of redemption. Several members of the family die and the young ‘Ntoni, having started a smuggling activity, is arrested. At the death of the old master ‘Ntoni, who dies alone and desperate in a hospital bed, his place is taken by Alessi, who after marrying Nunziata, redeems the “house of the “medlar” and restarts the activity of his grandfather.

The main themes of the novel are the family ties and the pursuit of economic and social welfare. Here emerges the so-called “oyster ideal”: similarly to the oyster, which is only safe when it remains attached to its rock, so are people safe only when they remain tied to their house, relationships and habits. Malavoglias, trying to improve their economic conditions while fighting a constant struggle for survival, move away from the usual pattern of life and end badly (like ‘Ntoni).

Description of the painting – An old fisherman.