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" A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say. "
" Rarely does an interviewer ask questions you did not expect. I have given a lot of interviews, and I have concluded that the questions always look alike. I could always give the same answers. "
" I write... sonnets... and writing sonnets is boring. You have to find rhymes; you have to write hendecasyllables; so after a while, I get bored and my drawer is overflowing with unfinished short poems. "
" I have never loved any writer as much as Hemingway. "
" An exotic birthplace on its own is not informative of anything. "
" Nature in America does not arouse powerful emotions in me. "
" A classic is a book which with each rereading offers as much of a sense of discovery as the first reading. "
" I'm a Communist, fully convinced and dedicated to my cause. "
" My stories are full of facts; they have a beginning and an end. For that reason, they will never... occupy a place in contemporary literature. "
" I'm only a novelist on occasion. Many of my books are made up of brief texts collected together, short stories, or else they are books that have an overall structure but are composed of various texts. "
" Every time I've had to do journalistic investigations, I've cursed, but later I discovered that it had helped me enormously with writing fiction. It's the one thing that can save me from becoming an academic writer. "
" If the reader looks, I think he will find plenty of moral and political ideas in my stories. "
" Sometimes I try to concentrate on the story I would like to write, and I realize that what interests me is something else entirely, or, rather, not anything precise but everything that does not fit in what I ought to write. "
" I detest this contemporary trend to destroy the traditional hierarchy of genres. "
" The human race is a zone of living things that should be defined by tracing its confines. "
" I will revolutionise art and the world. Hurrah! "
" My university work was not central to my education. "
" Personally, I believe in fiction because the stories I like are those with a beginning and an end. "
" I'm terrified of writing at night, for then I can't sleep. So I start slowly, slowly writing in the morning and go on into the late afternoon. "
" Politics is marginal, but literature moves along by indirection. "
" I'm a regular guy; I like well-defined outlines. I'm old-fashioned, bourgeois. "
" Man is simply the best chance we know of that matter has had of providing itself with information about itself. "
" Of course, I'm of the generation that grew up with Hemingway and Faulkner as strong influences. "
" I read Freud because I find him an excellent writer... a writer of police thrillers that can be followed with great passion. "
" Biographical data, even those recorded in the public registers, are the most private things one has, and to declare them openly is rather like facing a psychoanalyst. "
" In abortion, the person who is massacred, physically and morally, is the woman. "
" How much energy is wasted in Italy in trying to write the novel that obeys all the rules. The energy might have been useful to provide us with more modest, more genuine things, that had less pretensions: short stories, memoirs, notes, testimonials, or at any rate, books that are open, without a preconceived plan. "
" I change my method and field of reference from book to book because I can never believe in the same thing two times running. "
" The public figure of the writer, the writer-character, the 'personality-cult' of the author, are all becoming for me more and more intolerable in others, and consequently in myself. "
" It is not the voice that commands the story; it is the ear. "
" I spend 12 hours a day reading on most days of the year. "