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Manuel Puig Quotes

It doesn't matter that the way of life shown by Hollywood was phony. It helped you hope.

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.

It's my own personal unconscious that ultimately creates the novel's aesthetic facade.

Kafka truly illustrates the way the environment oppresses the individual. He shows how the unconscious controls our lives.

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.

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.

My greatest aspiration was always to live in the tropics.

My only fantasy about writing was that in my old days, after directing many masterpieces, I would write my memoirs.

My pleasure was to copy, not to create.

My stories are very somber, so I think I need the comic ingredient. Besides, life has so much humor.

One performs a very different act when reading a movie and when reading a novel. Your attention behaves differently.

Tardiness in literature can make me nervous.

Teaching is a good distraction, and I am in contact with young people, which is very gratifying.

The essayist has to follow a certain intellectual pattern. The novelist has the advantage of using fantasy, of being subjective.

The translator's task is to create, in his or her own language, the same tensions appearing in the original. That's hard!

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.

We should try to understand our innermost needs. We shouldn't use irony to reduce their power.

What better model of a synthesis than a nocturnal dream? Dreams simplify, don't they?

What's better, a poetic intuition or an intellectual work? I think they complement each other.

Whenever I write, I'm always thinking of the reader.