I think writers rush in where everybody is very frightened to tread
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.
I think that I've tried many times to get Cuba in my writings, especially Havana, which was once a great and fascinating city.
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.
A good smoker, like a good lover, always takes his time with a cigar.
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.
The relationship between reader and characters is very difficult. It is even more peculiar than the relationship between the writer and his characters.
When I write, I enjoy myself so much that what is being written really needs no reader
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.
That is what I define as a novel: something that has a beginning, a middle and an end, with characters and a plot that sustain interest from the first sentence to the last. But that is not what I do at all.
My parents were founders of the Cuban Communist Party, and I grew up extremely poor.
I read the Odyssey because it was the story of a man who returned home after being absent for more than twenty years and was recognized only by his dog.
For me, literature is a complex game, both mental and concrete, which is acted out in a physical manner on the page.
So I do not consider myself a chronicler of my fatherland or even a chronicler of Havana
A very wise author once said that a writer writes for himself, and then publishes for money. I write for myself and publish just for the reader
I first came out against Castro in June 1968, fifteen months after my book had been published, and you cannot imagine how quickly a void was created around me
No, absolutely not, writing doesn't have to be like a jigsaw puzzle, it can be a very linear undertaking.
My mother had been educated at a convent, and she had been converted to communism by my father during Stalin's most rampant period, at the beginning of the 1930s. So she had two gods, God in heaven and god on earth.
I think that like all writers - and if any writer disagrees with this, then he is not a writer - I write primarily for myself
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