Argentine political life is like the life of an ant community or an African forest tribe: full of events, full of crisis and deaths, but life is always cyclical, and the year ends as it begins.
Life doesn't have a neat beginning and a tidy end, life is always going on. You should begin in the middle and end in the middle, and it should be all there.
What was past was past. I suppose that was the general attitude.
It's very attractive to people to be a victim. Instead of having to think out the whole situation, about history and your group and what you are doing... if you begin from the point of view of being a victim, you've got it half-made. I mean intellectually.
The writer is all alone.
If you write a novel alone you sit and you weave a little narrative. And it's O.K., but it's of no account.
One must always try to see the truth of a situation - it makes things universal.
I always knew who I was and where I had come from. I was not looking for a home in other people's lands.
I'm the kind of writer that people think other people are reading.
Africa has no future.
To be converted you have to destroy your past, destroy your history. You have to stamp on it, you have to say 'my ancestral culture does not exist, it doesn't matter.'
It is important not to trust people too much.
The reason is that they define how I have gone about my business. I have trusted to intuition. I did it at the beginning. I do it even now. I have no idea how things might turn out, where in my writing I might go next.
Home is, I suppose just a child's idea. A house at night, and a lamp in the house. A place to feel safe.
Great writing can be done in biography, history, art.
I went to India and met some people who had been involved in this guerrilla business, middle-class people who were rather vain and foolish. There was no revolutionary grandeur to it. Nothing.
Trinidad may seem complex, but to anyone who knows it, it is a simple, colonial, philistine society.
Some writers can only deal with childhood experience, because it's complete. For another kind of writer, life goes on, and he's able to keep processing that as well.
When I learnt to write I became my own master, I became very strong, and that strength is with me to this very day.
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