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

I would very much like to become a best-selling author.


It's essential not to have an ideology, not to be a member of a political party. While the writer can have certain political views, he has to be careful not to have his hands tied.


I allow my intuition to lead my path.


If it's great stuff, the people who consume it are nourished. It's a positive force.


I like the beauty of Faulkner's poetry. But I don't like his themes, not at all.


I don't have traceable literary models because I haven't had great literary influences in my life.


Contrary to what Kafka does, I always like to refer all of my fictions to the level of reality, He, on the other hand, leaves them at an imaginary level.


I'm not a best-seller, but through translations, I've accumulated some money.


I've always wondered why there isn't a great French novel about the German occupation. The nouveau roman authors weren't interested in telling that sort of thing.


What better model of a synthesis than a nocturnal dream? Dreams simplify, don't they?


The translator's task is to create, in his or her own language, the same tensions appearing in the original. That's hard!


In film, you can't go into analytical explorations because the audience will reject that.


I have written every one of my novels to convince somebody of something.


One performs a very different act when reading a movie and when reading a novel. Your attention behaves differently.


I am very interested in what has been called bad taste. I believe the fear of displaying a soi-disant bad taste stops us from venturing into special cultural zones.


As a rule, one should never place form over content.


I locate that special problem in a character and then try to understand it. That's the genesis of all my work.


I write novels because there is something I don't understand in reality.


I started writing movie scripts. They excited me a lot, but I didn't like them when they were finished because they were simple copies of the films I saw in childhood.


Hitchcock makes it very clear to us. There's an objective and a subjective camera, like there's a third- and a first-person narrator in literature.


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