The Nation: The Clifford Irvings of Ibiza

IT is the sort of Hemingwayesque life—sunny, charmed with cheap, good wine, the artist flourishing among Spanish peasants—that a generation or more of wistful, frazzled American writers have dreamed of escaping to. Clifford Irving was an itinerant aspiring novelist when he first discovered the island of Ibiza (the setting for the movie More) off Spain's Mediterranean coast more than 15 years ago; he soon settled there. Now, with his fourth wife Edith and two sons, Ned, 3, and Barnaby, 2, he lives in a 300-year-old whitewashed stone farmhouse two miles from Ibiza's town square.

The house, an angular maze of rooms and...

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