Xhovalin Delia : Literature

Unlike animals whose choices are driven by instinct, man acts within his own freedom. Beasts cannot stray from the rules prescribed to them, even when it would be to their advantage. Man, on the other hand, does stray from his prescribed rules, often to his own detriment.


In this philosophical context the artist speaks of his second novel, in a cinematographic style -- between what is real and what is virtual, between war and peace, reason and folly, beyond "Good" and "Evil", and in a natural interweaving of the animal and human worlds. Set in New York and Florence, Italy (before and after 9/11), it centers on an American family, The Warriors, living together in harmony with their animals -- with the exception of the dog and cat who are engaged in constant conflict.

Despite the fact that the conflict between Gurgk and Bushett (the dog and cat) is considered "natural", the seven-year-old main character, Darwina Warrior, is distraught about the situation. But when she discovers that Gurgk has killed Bushett's mother, and even eaten her kittens, her living arrangement with the two "enemy" animals becomes a true nightmare.

After 9/11, Darwina, who is fascinated by European pacifists, asks her parents to buy a "real rainbow", convinced that the sacred symbol can even reconcile their dog and cat.
Although the request is naïve, it is quickly accepted by her parents, who are traumatized by the continual threat of Islamic terrorism. As they also long to visit Europe, they decide to leave America for a short holiday in Florence. But even there, they find that everything is not as it seems...

This is my first novel, published in 2005. Click on the image below for a larger image.

VENUS (Venere), a novel by artist XHOVALIN Delia, director and painter

English synopsis: In a cinematographic style, the artist tells the story of an adolescent boy, Cristi, who lives in a little town under a totalitarian system, isolated from the world.

Having fallen in love with Botticelli's Venus, whom he saw in an old Italian photo album from the 1930s that his parents have jealously guarded, Cristi the dreamer runs away during the night and begins his dreamlike journey toward "the Free world". There, he finds the Goddess of Love, takes her back with him to his town with the intention of building a little "Eden" modeled on Florence. But upon his return, he finds that his dream conflicts with reality.