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Juan Goytisolo

In Count Julian I simply proposed to create a text which would allow for diverse levels of reading.

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The writer cannot abandon himself simply to inspiration, and feign innocence vis a vis language, because language is never innocent.

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My exile was not only a physical one, motivated exclusively by political reasons; it was also a moral, social, ideological and sexual exile.

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I not only lived physically away from my native land, but the values and critical judgments of those closest to me became stranger and stranger.

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Marks of Identity is, among other things, the expression of the process of alienation in a contemporary intellectual with respect to his own country.

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A contemporary artist can use the findings of all epochs and all styles, from the most primitive literary expressions up to the most refined products of the baroque.

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As I began to discover my own truth and endeavored to possess it with clarity, I became more and more alienated from that which my companions held, or professed to hold.

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The fundamental purpose of a novel like Count Julian is to achieve the unity of object and means of representation, the fusion of treason as scheme and treason as language.

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In times when religious or political faith or hope predominates, the writer functions totally in unison with society, and expresses society's feelings, beliefs, and hopes in perfect harmony.

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For a country is not merely a piece of earth; it is, above all, a compendium of social, cultural, and historical factors which begin to acquire sense and order through the process of writing.

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