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Manuel Puig Quotes

I have written every one of my novels to convince somebody of something.

I haven't been the kind of writer about whom book-length academic studies have been written.

I like the beauty of Faulkner's poetry. But I don't like his themes, not at all.

I locate that special problem in a character and then try to understand it. That's the genesis of all my work.

I only understand realism.

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.

I think cinema is closer to allegories than to reality. It's closer to our dreams.

I would very much like to become a best-selling author.

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.

I write novels because there is something I don't understand in reality.

I'm not a best-seller, but through translations, I've accumulated some money.

I'm not terribly happy about rock and roll. Certain rock music is uninspiring, numbing; it makes you feel like an idiot.

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.

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.

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.

If it's great stuff, the people who consume it are nourished. It's a positive force.

If the novelist shares his or her problems with the characters, he or she is able to study his personal unconscious.

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?

In film, you can't go into analytical explorations because the audience will reject that.

Ironically, Latin American countries, in their instability, give writers and intellectuals the hope that they are needed.