I believe that people who don't achieve anything in life are isolated and resent those that are successful.
If it's great stuff, the people who consume it are nourished. It's a positive force.
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?
Teaching is a good distraction, and I am in contact with young people, which is very gratifying.
I don't have traceable literary models because I haven't had great literary influences in my life.
It doesn't matter that the way of life shown by Hollywood was phony. It helped you hope.
My stories are very somber, so I think I need the comic ingredient. Besides, life has so much humor.
I'm not a best-seller, but through translations, I've accumulated some money.
We should try to understand our innermost needs. We shouldn't use irony to reduce their power.
I can work in films as long as the story doesn't have a realistic nature. If I'm working with an allegory, a fantasy, it can be developed in synthetic terms.
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.
Book reviews have never helped me. Most of them erred in their interpretations and their work has been a waste of time.
I do believe that reading can help you understand what you're writing and see what others are doing. But sometimes the desire for more information can act as an inhibitor.
I locate that special problem in a character and then try to understand it. That's the genesis of all my work.
If the novelist shares his or her problems with the characters, he or she is able to study his personal unconscious.