I think writers rush in where everybody is very frightened to tread
I think that I've tried many times to get Cuba in my writings, especially Havana, which was once a great and fascinating city.
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.
A good smoker, like a good lover, always takes his time with a cigar.
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
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
Writing for me, even what you call serious writing, is play.
When I write, I enjoy myself so much that what is being written really needs no reader
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 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.
No, absolutely not, writing doesn't have to be like a jigsaw puzzle, it can be a very linear undertaking.
I am a writer of fragments.
Tobacco is the opiate of the gentleman, the religion of the rich.
Writers rush in where publishers fear to tread and where translators fear to tread
I think all writing is done through memory
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
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
I do not consider myself a Hispanic writer.
I was an avid radio fan when I was a boy, as well as a great lover of comic strips
The relationship between reader and characters is very difficult. It is even more peculiar than the relationship between the writer and his characters.
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.
But I do not have the reader in mind when I write. No true writer does that
I don't much believe in the idea of characters. I write with words, that is all. Whether those words are put in the mouth of this or that character does not matter to me
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