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Democracy and happiness don't produce great literature.

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There is an incompatibility between literary creation and political activity.

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No matter how ephemeral it is, a novel is something, while despair is nothing.

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It isn't true that convicts live like animals: animals have more room to move around.

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Maintain democracy or go to dictatorship: that is what is at stake in these elections.

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If you are killed because you are a writer, that's the maximum expression of respect, you know.

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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.

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Eroticism has its own moral justification because it says that pleasure is enough for me; it is a statement of the individual's sovereignty.

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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.

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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.

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