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?
Writing for me, even what you call serious writing, is play.
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
A good smoker, like a good lover, always takes his time with a cigar.
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
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.
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 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 am the only British writer who writes in Spanish
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
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 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
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 am a writer of fragments.
There were influences in my life that were more important than journalism, such as comic strips and radio.
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
So I do not consider myself a chronicler of my fatherland or even a chronicler of Havana
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.
Puns are a form of humor with words.
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