Positioned next to Malvarrosa beach, the Blasco Ibanez museum and house is a view into the family life and working life of the writer. Creator of the World War One novel The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the building he planned and built preserves his personal objects and literary works, portraits of him and his family and sculptures.
As a journalist, politician and best-selling author, Blasco Ibanez (29 January 1867 – 28 January 1928)set many of his early creative works in the huerta around Valencia. Hollywood took an interest in some of his later works and The Four Horsemen was so popular, it even knocked Charlie Chaplain’s The Kid off the top spot to become the top grossing film in 1921. It is considered to be one of the first anti-war films.
While the personal possessions and portraits of Blasco-Ibañez and his family occupy part of the second floor, as well as furniture from the offices of the El Pueblo newspaper, the first floor is a hall in which lectures are held and the top floor is a Research Centre and the Library.
Los cuatro jinetes del Apocalipsis (‘The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse’) (1916),tells the story of the French and German sons-in-law of an Argentinian land-owner who find themselves fighting on opposite sides in the First World War. It was the film that made Rudolph Valentino a star.
Greta Garbo, another idol, made The Torrent based on Ibanez’s work Entre Naranjos and The Temptress, derived from La Tierra de Todos.