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Guillermo Cabrera Infante
April 22, 1929 - February 21, 2005
Nationality: Cuban
Category: Novelist

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


Well, I write in exile because I cannot return to my country, so I have no choice but to see myself as an exiled writer.


What I do believe is that there is always a relationship between writing and reading, a constant interplay between the writer on the one hand and the reader on the other.


So I do not consider myself a chronicler of my fatherland or even a chronicler of Havana.


There were influences in my life that were more important than journalism, such as comic strips and radio.


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.


Many of my books have begun with the title, because naming a work already in progress makes no sense to me.


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.


I do not believe in inspiration, but I must have a title in order to work, otherwise I am lost.


I don't have any style.


I have one main reader, Miriam Gomez, my wife. She reads everything I write - I have not finished writing something and she is already reading it.


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


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 was an avid radio fan when I was a boy, as well as a great lover of comic strips.


No, absolutely not, writing doesn't have to be like a jigsaw puzzle, it can be a very linear undertaking.


I live in London and I am a British subject, although I do write in Spanish, of course.


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.


I was never a true journalist, I was a movie critic.


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 am against the notion of style in itself.


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