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'The Road to San Vicente' is a book by Leif Borthen[http://www.liveibiza.com/ibiza_literature/road_san_vincente.htm Ibiza live The Road to San Vicente] about life in the tiny village of Sant Vicent de sa Cala in the far north east of the Spanish island of Ibiza. In 1933Title: The Road to San Vicent. Author: Leif Borthen. Published: Barbury Press. 'Borthen' had arrived in Ibiza and settled in the remote village, along with Ren Paul Gauguin, the grandson of the French artist Paul Gauguin.


The book is set in the remote valley in which 'Sant Vicent' is situated.

The story begins with 'Borthens' arrival in 1933 and also on his return to the village in 1960, just before a road was completed into the valley. It chronicles the life of the local people and of the foreigners who live amongst them. Characters that include a notorious assassin, a roguish art dealer and eccentric aristocrat. The story leads the reader in to a world of rich Island traditions with house blessings, blood feuds and a fast vanishing rural way of life that would, and has, disappeared for good following the road construction in 1963.


The book has been translated into English by the author Martin Davies and Bjrn Lindholm but doesnt include the first three original chapters, but starts at the end of the fourth chapter. The text includes a number of footnotes which help the reader with Scandinavian references and rounds out and updates historical material mentioned in the text.

Additional Texts

The last part of the book includes six additional text which are written by other authors who have recollections, researched or lived in the valley of Sant Vicent de sa Cala.


* Preface: 'The Pityusan Tibet' By Martin Davies

*'A Note on the Text'

The Book

*Chapter 1 'Ibiza Revisited'

*Chapter 2 'Flotsam and Jetsam'

*Chapter 3 'Return to San Vicente'

*Chapter 4 'Antique Hunter'

*Chapter 5 'Priests and Postmen'

*Chapter 7 'A Ghost from the Past'

*Chapter 8 'Villain'

The Additional Texts

*'An Excursion to San Vicente' By Walter Benjamin

*'The Passing of San Vicente' By Norman Lewis

*'San Vicente' By Enrique Fanjarns Cardona

*'The tax Collectors Bread Oven' By Jacques Massacrier

*'A Brief History of Sant Vicent' By Emily Kaufman

*'Epilogue' By Paul Richardson



*'Sources and Acknowledgements'

*'Barbary Press'



Category:Books and novels about Ibiza

Category:1967 novels

Category:20th-century Norwegian novels

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