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
If the novelist shares his or her problems with the characters, he or she is able to study his personal unconscious.
What better model of a synthesis than a nocturnal dream? Dreams simplify, don't they?
I allow my intuition to lead my path.
As a rule, one should never place form over content.
I didn't choose literature. Literature chose me. There was no decision on my side.
For someone who writes fiction, in order to activate the imagination and the unconscious, it's essential to be free.
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?
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.
The writer needs to react to his or her own internal universe, to his or her own point of view. If he or she doesn't have a personal point of view, it's impossible to be a creator.
If it's great stuff, the people who consume it are nourished. It's a positive force.
The nicest thing about feeling happy is that you think you'll never be unhappy again.
I believe in characters as vehicles of exposition. Their voices are full of hidden clues, and I like to listen to them.
We should try to understand our innermost needs. We shouldn't use irony to reduce their power.
Teaching is a good distraction, and I am in contact with young people, which is very gratifying.
Writers are not meant for action.
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.
I don't think humor is forced upon my universe; it's a part of it.
Ironically, Latin American countries, in their instability, give writers and intellectuals the hope that they are needed.
Kafka truly illustrates the way the environment oppresses the individual. He shows how the unconscious controls our lives.
Being a man (male "macho") does not give you right to anything.
I write novels because there is something I don't understand in reality.
I have written every one of my novels to convince somebody of something.
My pleasure was to copy, not to create.
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