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
As a rule, one should never place form over content.
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.
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?
For someone who writes fiction, in order to activate the imagination and the unconscious, it's essential to be free.
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.
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.
If it's great stuff, the people who consume it are nourished. It's a positive force.
Writers are not meant for action.
Ironically, Latin American countries, in their instability, give writers and intellectuals the hope that they are needed.
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 locate that special problem in a character and then try to understand it. That's the genesis of all my work.
I write novels because there is something I don't understand in reality.
I didn't choose literature. Literature chose me. There was no decision on my side.
I don't have traceable literary models because I haven't had great literary influences in my life.
I'm not a best-seller, but through translations, I've accumulated some money.
I believe in characters as vehicles of exposition. Their voices are full of hidden clues, and I like to listen to them.
I only understand realism.
Kafka truly illustrates the way the environment oppresses the individual. He shows how the unconscious controls our lives.
I have written every one of my novels to convince somebody of something.
It doesn't matter that the way of life shown by Hollywood was phony. It helped you hope.
I've always wondered why there isn't a great French novel about the German occupation. The nouveau roman authors weren't interested in telling that sort of thing.
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