I think writers rush in where everybody is very frightened to tread
I think that I've tried many times to get Cuba in my writings, especially Havana, which was once a great and fascinating city.
When I write, the first blank page, or any blank page, means nothing to me. What means something is a page that has been filled with words.
If the sleep of reason produces monsters, what does the sleep of unreason produce?
What I do believe is that there is always a relationship between writing and reading, a constant interplay between the writer on the one hand and the reader on the other
Writing for me, even what you call serious writing, is play.
When I write, I enjoy myself so much that what is being written really needs no reader
Cigars must be smoked one at a time, peaceably, with all the leisure in the world. Cigarettes are of the instant, Cigars are for eternity.
A good smoker, like a good lover, always takes his time with a cigar.
I think all writing is done through memory
I believe that writers, unless they consider themselves terribly exquisite, are at heart people who live by night, a little bit outside society, moving between delinquency and conformity
I left my country because I was forced to, and I do not think that I am going to lose my language because I live in England
It means that no matter what you write, be it a biography, an autobiography, a detective novel, or a conversation on the street, it all becomes fiction as soon as you write it down.
I know that many writers have had to write under censorship and yet produced good novels; for instance, Cervantes wrote Don Quixote under Catholic censorship.
I am a writer of fragments.
There were influences in my life that were more important than journalism, such as comic strips and radio.
I have assiduously avoided calling my books novels
I was an avid radio fan when I was a boy, as well as a great lover of comic strips
I am against the notion of style in itself
For me, words are just words, nothing else
I do not believe in inspiration, but I must have a title in order to work, otherwise I am lost
Dialogue in fiction is always written to be read in silence. The page is the limit. Dialogue on stage and on the screen is meant to be spoken. The voice is the limit.
I was never a true journalist, I was a movie critic.
The relationship between reader and characters is very difficult. It is even more peculiar than the relationship between the writer and his characters.
I have one main reader, Miriam Gomez, my wife. She reads everything I write - I have not finished writing something and she is already reading it.
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