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After doing it, I found that I actually enjoyed teaching a creative writing course. This course met only once a week-it was convenient.
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All her life, the protagonist has managed to survive by creating a set of different personal fantasies. This set has now been demolished. She will try to commit suicide.
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All of my problems are rather complicated-I need an entire novel to deal with them, not a short story or a movie. It's like a personal therapy.
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Although it's hard to believe it, Argentines are humorous.
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An enemy of mine was an Argentine critic who thoroughly disliked the popular genres.
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As a rule, one should never place form over content.
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Because of my unconscious defenses, I am incapable of facing the problem directly. There are obstacles that impede me from doing so.
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Book reviews have never helped me. Most of them erred in their interpretations and their work has been a waste of time.
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Contrary to what Kafka does, I always like to refer all of my fictions to the level of reality, He, on the other hand, leaves them at an imaginary level.
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Film has a certain narrative approach and the novel another. But one needs to better understand their differences.
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First, you have to think of a plot line that could be narrated in cinematic terms. If you're adapting, then you have to summarize.
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For me, parody means mockery, and I don't mock my characters. I share with them a number of things, among them their language and their taste.
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For someone who writes fiction, in order to activate the imagination and the unconscious, it's essential to be free.
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Fortunately, we in Hispanic America don't have giants, huge shadows on our backs.
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Hitchcock makes it very clear to us. There's an objective and a subjective camera, like there's a third- and a first-person narrator in literature.
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I allow my intuition to lead my path.
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I always talk about my preoccupations with the contents of the collective unconscious.
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I am only interested in bad taste if I can enjoy a gruesome tango or watch a movie that makes me cry.
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I am very interested in what has been called bad taste. I believe the fear of displaying a soi-disant bad taste stops us from venturing into special cultural zones.
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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.
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I believe realism is nothing but an analysis of reality. Film scripts have a synthetical constitution.
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I believe that people who don't achieve anything in life are isolated and resent those that are successful.
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I can work in films as long as the story doesn't have a realistic nature. If I'm working with an allegory, a fantasy, it can be developed in synthetic terms.
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I can write dreams, but I use them as part of the accumulation of detail, as counterpoint.
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I could see what their phobias, fears, and problems were; in both America and Latin America, the young writer usually doesn't like the system.
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I didn't choose literature. Literature chose me. There was no decision on my side.
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I do believe that reading can help you understand what you're writing and see what others are doing. But sometimes the desire for more information can act as an inhibitor.
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I do collaborate a lot with the translators of those languages I am familiar with-English, French, Italian, and Portuguese.
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I don't have traceable literary models because I haven't had great literary influences in my life.
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I don't mean to say that I write for a stupid reader.
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I don't think humor is forced upon my universe; it's a part of it.
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I don't want to name names, but the least I can say about rock and roll is that I'm suspicious.
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I felt the need to tell stories to understand myself.
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I find it very difficult is to follow a certain prose that doesn't have a plot line and reiterates the same idea every other page.
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I had a good friend advise me to write about the people I knew, the emotions I'd felt. That was the real story.
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I had been away from Spanish-speaking countries for a long time. I didn't trust my grammar. It was safer to have the characters make the mistakes instead of me.
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I had stories that needed more space than the hour and a half or two hours a movie gives you.
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I had to transform everything, to adapt the images. It was a deliberate act of rewriting. More than anywhere else, I had to rewrite a lot in Kiss of the Spider Woman.
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I have never, never fantasized about writing fiction.
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I have written every one of my novels to convince somebody of something.
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I haven't been the kind of writer about whom book-length academic studies have been written.
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I like the beauty of Faulkner's poetry. But I don't like his themes, not at all.
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I locate that special problem in a character and then try to understand it. That's the genesis of all my work.
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I mostly hear the action. When I started writing, I trusted more the language of the characters than the first person.
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I only understand realism.
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I started writing movie scripts. They excited me a lot, but I didn't like them when they were finished because they were simple copies of the films I saw in childhood.
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I think cinema is closer to allegories than to reality. It's closer to our dreams.
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I was interested in making my protagonist not give up. Even if she was a weak character full of insecurities and a lack of affection, I wanted her to resurrect.
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I would very much like to become a best-selling author.
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I write for somebody who has my own limitations. My reader has a certain difficulty with concentrating, which in my case comes from being a film viewer.
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I write novels because there is something I don't understand in reality.
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I wrote some 200 pages of notes in English. I sensed I had to write it in English. The protagonist is a North-American.
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I'm not a best-seller, but through translations, I've accumulated some money.
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I'm not terribly happy about rock and roll. Certain rock music is uninspiring, numbing; it makes you feel like an idiot.
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I'm satisfied by other kinds of needs than those that attract the intellectual elite.
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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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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.
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If a spectator with a philosophical mind, somebody accustomed to reading books, gets the same kind of information in a movie, he might not fully understand it.
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If I can locate the collective heritage and write about it, I'll be able to capture the reader's attention, because he or she and I will share the same commonalities.
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If it's great stuff, the people who consume it are nourished. It's a positive force.
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If the novelist shares his or her problems with the characters, he or she is able to study his personal unconscious.
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If you overwhelm a market with mediocre products, that's a real problem.
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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?
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In film, you can't go into analytical explorations because the audience will reject that.
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In Latin America the possibility exists of shaking that system, because Latin American systems are shaky.
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In Latin America there's the illusion that a writer can change something; of course, it's not that simple.
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In Latin America, when a book is published, publicity plays a minor role. Fighting censorship gives credibility to the writer.
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In my text, I had to deal with evil. I had to use a third-person narrator with a wretched voice, one that could find pleasure in negative feelings.
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In the United States people never say, This is a translation of the work of such and such playwright, but: An English adaptation of the works of such and such playwright.
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In the United States there is no censorship. The system is so solid, so strong, the writer's voice has no real power.
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Ironically, Latin American countries, in their instability, give writers and intellectuals the hope that they are needed.
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It doesn't matter that the way of life shown by Hollywood was phony. It helped you hope.
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It has to be a novel because I need a lot of space.
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It's convenient to put one's mind in another project, especially in a film that can be written quickly.
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It's essential not to have an ideology, not to be a member of a political party. While the writer can have certain political views, he has to be careful not to have his hands tied.
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It's my own personal unconscious that ultimately creates the novel's aesthetic facade.
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Italian is so similar to Spanish. French is less so, and English is very different.
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Kafka truly illustrates the way the environment oppresses the individual. He shows how the unconscious controls our lives.
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Modern American cinema seems to me superficial. The intention is to understand a certain reality, and the result is nothing but a photographing of that reality.
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Most of the movies I saw growing up were viewed as totally disposable, fine for quick consumption, but they have survived 50 years and are still growing.
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My greatest aspiration was always to live in the tropics.
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My only fantasy about writing was that in my old days, after directing many masterpieces, I would write my memoirs.
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My pleasure was to copy, not to create.
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My stories are very somber, so I think I need the comic ingredient. Besides, life has so much humor.
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Not everybody is born in a big country with access to other forms of culture, education. There are many people who live in the sticks and have no means. They are soaking in machismo, in a hostile environment. What do they do?
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Of the modern writers, I like William Faulkner and Franz Kafka very much. Yet that doesn't mean I have read them in an exhaustive or passionate fashion.
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One performs a very different act when reading a movie and when reading a novel. Your attention behaves differently.
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Only after remembering a certain camera angle used by Hitchcock could I find the proper voice for my scene. It was in Psycho.
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Tardiness in literature can make me nervous.
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Teaching is a good distraction, and I am in contact with young people, which is very gratifying.
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The book that was most greatly appreciated by my readership was Heartbreak Tango. Everybody expected that I would follow that same narrative line. Yet I changed.
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The essayist has to follow a certain intellectual pattern. The novelist has the advantage of using fantasy, of being subjective.
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The movies provided me an alternative. They help you to not go crazy. You see another way of life.
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The translator's task is to create, in his or her own language, the same tensions appearing in the original. That's hard!
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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.
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Translating theater is a very difficult task. It's not only a matter of changing words; you have to adapt the meaning from one language into another.
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We should try to understand our innermost needs. We shouldn't use irony to reduce their power.
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What better model of a synthesis than a nocturnal dream? Dreams simplify, don't they?
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What's better, a poetic intuition or an intellectual work? I think they complement each other.
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Whenever I write, I'm always thinking of the reader.
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Why does realistic cinema lose its effectiveness as years go by? Why does it age?
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Writers are not meant for action.
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Writing film scripts distracts me. A novel can take two or three years.
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You may not like Wall Street, but it works somehow. That's also the case in countries like Germany.
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Young writers who don't like the American way of life feel impotent, because it's really tough to shake Wall Street.
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