Residència Literària Finestres

Casa Sanià. A succint literary guide

Toni Sala

There’s no mistaking you’ve arrived at Casa Sanià, because its name is written in large black letters over the entrance. The lettering is clearly Dalíesque but there is no way to confirm or deny whether it was Salvador Dalí who designed those letters for the painter, nor whether someone else did with the intention of linking the house to Dalí. The lettering is too regular, too stylized and too rounded to be his, but the location, the long arm of the N crowned with a cross −we are at the threshold of spiritual territory− and the possibility that the letters have been repainted, allow one to argue in favor of Dalí’s authorship, fond as he was of signing things. However, there is no evidence indicating the painter ever entered the house nor, for that matter, that he never did.

Just as the lettering either leads us or doesn’t lead us to Dalí, the house’s name itself, and its spelling, lead us or don’t lead us to the location. Houses are named for their original owners, which is why in many books the house is called Casa Inchcape. On the other hand, in the notarial register it is always listed as Vil·la Sanià, the way it’s written over the entrance, with a grave accent on the last syllable. But the spelling of Catalan place names always fluctuates in the hands of civil servants, and the name refers to the cove, originally Sanià, which means irrigated garden. Orchard, fertile ground.

A summer home in one of the most privileged places in this world, exceptionally solitary amid the touristic brouhaha, with a stone staircase to descend onto a private virgin cove, with the pine trees and the light of a humanistic coast, a house with a pool and birds, a hammock and a chef, a fireplace, a horizon; life here is a gift.


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