If the sleep of reason produces monsters, what does the sleep of unreason produce?
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.
There were influences in my life that were more important than journalism, such as comic strips and radio.
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.
That is what I define as a novel: something that has a beginning, a middle and an end, with characters and a plot that sustain interest from the first sentence to the last. But that is not what I do at all.
Watching a movie from beginning to end is like reading, because even though what you see are images, they are telling you a story.
I think that I've tried many times to get Cuba in my writings, especially Havana, which was once a great and fascinating city.
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.
I don't much believe in the idea of characters. I write with words, that is all. Whether those words are put in the mouth of this or that character does not matter to me.
The relationship between reader and characters is very difficult. It is even more peculiar than the relationship between the writer and his characters.
I do not believe in inspiration, but I must have a title in order to work, otherwise I am lost.
For me, literature is a complex game, both mental and concrete, which is acted out in a physical manner on the page.
I was able to read a movie before I was able to read a book.
I was never a true journalist, I was a movie critic.
I left my country because I was forced to, and I do not think that I am going to lose my language because I live in England.