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Guillermo Cabrera Infante Quotes

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Guillermo Cabrera Infante quotes

I am against the notion of style in itself.

A very wise author once said that a writer writes for himself, and then publishes for money. I write for myself and publish just for the reader.

I think writers rush in where everybody is very frightened to tread.

I do not consider myself a Hispanic writer.

I wrote for a weekly magazine and then edited a literary magazine, but I did not really feel comfortable with the profession of journalism itself.

When I write, I enjoy myself so much that what is being written really needs no reader.

I first came out against Castro in June 1968, fifteen months after my book had been published, and you cannot imagine how quickly a void was created around me.

If you look closely, there is no book more visual than Three Trapped Tigers, in that it is filled with blank pages, dark pages, it has stars made of words, the famous magical cube made of numbers, and there is even a page which is a mirror.

I read the Odyssey because it was the story of a man who returned home after being absent for more than twenty years and was recognized only by his dog.

My parents were founders of the Cuban Communist Party, and I grew up extremely poor.

But I do not have the reader in mind when I write. No true writer does that.

I think all writing is done through memory.

I believe that writers, unless they consider themselves terribly exquisite, are at heart people who live by night, a little bit outside society, moving between delinquency and conformity.

You are just in the middle of a struggle with words which are really very stubborn things, with a blank page, with the damn thing that you use to write with, a pen or a typewriter, and you forget all about the reader when you are doing that.

American literature had always considered writing a very serious matter.

For me, literature is a complex game, both mental and concrete, which is acted out in a physical manner on the page.

For me, words are just words, nothing else.

I am a writer of fragments.

I am the only British writer who writes in Spanish.

I describe my works as books, but my publishers in Spain, in the United States, and elsewhere insist on calling them novels.