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.
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?
What better model of a synthesis than a nocturnal dream? Dreams simplify, don't they?
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.
I allow my intuition to lead my path.
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 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.
Ironically, Latin American countries, in their instability, give writers and intellectuals the hope that they are needed.
As a rule, one should never place form over content.
I believe realism is nothing but an analysis of reality. Film scripts have a synthetical constitution.
I don't have traceable literary models because I haven't had great literary influences in my life.
Hitchcock makes it very clear to us. There's an objective and a subjective camera, like there's a third- and a first-person narrator in literature.
Book reviews have never helped me. Most of them erred in their interpretations and their work has been a waste of time.
I didn't choose literature. Literature chose me. There was no decision on my side.
What's better, a poetic intuition or an intellectual work? I think they complement each other.
I believe in characters as vehicles of exposition. Their voices are full of hidden clues, and I like to listen to them.
I can work in films as long as the story doesn't have a realistic nature. If I'm working with an allegory, a fantasy, it can be developed in synthetic terms.
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