Democracy and happiness don't produce great literature.
There is an incompatibility between literary creation and political activity.
No matter how ephemeral it is, a novel is something, while despair is nothing.
It isn't true that convicts live like animals: animals have more room to move around.
Maintain democracy or go to dictatorship: that is what is at stake in these elections.
If you are killed because you are a writer, that's the maximum expression of respect, you know.
Writing a book is a very lonely business. You are totally cut off from the rest of the world, submerged in your obsessions and memories.
Eroticism has its own moral justification because it says that pleasure is enough for me; it is a statement of the individual's sovereignty.
You cannot teach creativity - how to become a good writer. But you can help a young writer discover within himself what kind of writer he would like to be.
You cannot teach creativity -- how to become a good writer. But you can help a young writer discover within himself what kind of writer he would like to be.