I felt the need to tell stories to understand myself.
Your reality, isn’t restricted by this cell we live in. If you read something, if you study something, you transcend any cell you’re inside of
Teaching is a good distraction, and I am in contact with young people, which is very gratifying.
If it's great stuff, the people who consume it are nourished. It's a positive force.
If the novelist shares his or her problems with the characters, he or she is able to study his personal unconscious.
Being a man (male "macho") does not give you right to anything.
My pleasure was to copy, not to create.
Writers are not meant for action.
For someone who writes fiction, in order to activate the imagination and the unconscious, it's essential to be free.
I allow my intuition to lead my path.
I've never seen a worse situation than that of young writers in the United States. The publishing business in North America is so commercialized.
What better model of a synthesis than a nocturnal dream? Dreams simplify, don't they?
I began teaching in New York because I needed to stay in the United States and didn't have my immigration papers in order, so working for a university was a way of resolving the issue.
The translator's task is to create, in his or her own language, the same tensions appearing in the original. That's hard!
Modern American cinema seems to me superficial. The intention is to understand a certain reality, and the result is nothing but a photographing of that reality.
The nicest thing about feeling happy is that you think you'll never be unhappy again.
I'm not a best-seller, but through translations, I've accumulated some money.
Whenever I write, I'm always thinking of the reader.
I only understand realism.
I have written every one of my novels to convince somebody of something.
I write for somebody who has my own limitations. My reader has a certain difficulty with concentrating, which in my case comes from being a film viewer.
I've always wondered why there isn't a great French novel about the German occupation. The nouveau roman authors weren't interested in telling that sort of thing.
In a country like France, so ancient, their history is full of outstanding people, so they carry a heavy weight on their back. Who could write in French after Proust or Flaubert?
I believe that people who don't achieve anything in life are isolated and resent those that are successful.
I'm not terribly happy about rock and roll. Certain rock music is uninspiring, numbing; it makes you feel like an idiot.
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