• Three characteristics a work of fiction must possess in order to be successful:

    1. It must have a precise and suspenseful plot.

    2. The author must feel a passionate urge to write it.

    3. He must have the conviction, or at least the illusion, that he is the only one who can handle this particular theme.

    Isaac Bashevis Singer, Raphael Soyer (1981). “Lost in America”, Doubleday Books