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.
The relationship between reader and characters is very difficult. It is even more peculiar than the relationship between the writer and his characters.
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.
When I write, I enjoy myself so much that what is being written really needs no reader
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 have assiduously avoided calling my books novels
Watching a movie from beginning to end is like reading, because even though what you see are images, they are telling you a story
I don't have any style.
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.
You are just in the middle of a struggle with words which are really very stubborn things, with a blank page, with the damn thing that you use to write with, a pen or a typewriter, and you forget all about the reader when you are doing that
I am the only British writer who writes in Spanish
Well, I write in exile because I cannot return to my country, so I have no choice but to see myself as an exiled writer.
I live in London and I am a British subject, although I do write in Spanish, of course
I describe my works as books, but my publishers in Spain, in the United States, and elsewhere insist on calling them novels
I wrote for a weekly magazine and then edited a literary magazine, but I did not really feel comfortable with the profession of journalism itself
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