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Manuel Puig
December 28, 1932 - July 22, 1990
Nationality: Argentinian
Category: Author

Book reviews have never helped me. Most of them erred in their interpretations and their work has been a waste of time.


It's my own personal unconscious that ultimately creates the novel's aesthetic facade.


My stories are very somber, so I think I need the comic ingredient. Besides, life has so much humor.


Kafka truly illustrates the way the environment oppresses the individual. He shows how the unconscious controls our lives.


If the novelist shares his or her problems with the characters, he or she is able to study his personal unconscious.


Ironically, Latin American countries, in their instability, give writers and intellectuals the hope that they are needed.


I didn't choose literature. Literature chose me. There was no decision on my side.


The writer needs to react to his or her own internal universe, to his or her own point of view. If he or she doesn't have a personal point of view, it's impossible to be a creator.


I'm not terribly happy about rock and roll. Certain rock music is uninspiring, numbing; it makes you feel like an idiot.


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?


We should try to understand our innermost needs. We shouldn't use irony to reduce their power.


I believe realism is nothing but an analysis of reality. Film scripts have a synthetical constitution.


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 don't think humor is forced upon my universe; it's a part of it.


Modern American cinema seems to me superficial. The intention is to understand a certain reality, and the result is nothing but a photographing of that reality.


All of my problems are rather complicated - I need an entire novel to deal with them, not a short story or a movie. It's like a personal therapy.


I think cinema is closer to allegories than to reality. It's closer to our dreams.


If a spectator with a philosophical mind, somebody accustomed to reading books, gets the same kind of information in a movie, he might not fully understand it.


I had stories that needed more space than the hour and a half or two hours a movie gives you.


I felt the need to tell stories to understand myself.


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