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" A classic is a work which persists as a background noise even when a present that is totally incompatible with it holds sway. "
" Personally, I believe in fiction because the stories I like are those with a beginning and an end. "
" My university work was not central to my education. "
" The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts. "
" I have never loved any writer as much as Hemingway. "
" I'm afraid I don't think I really have a life on which something can be written. "
" The catalogue of forms is endless: until every shape has found its city, new cities will continue to be born. When the forms exhaust their variety and come apart, the end of cities begins. "
" 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. "
" I have spent more time with other people's books than with my own. I do not regret it. "
" In 'Cosmicomics,' I came close to science fiction - I was inspired by cosmological subjects and the workings of the universe and invented a character who was a sort of witness to everything that was happening inside the solar system. "
" The Classics are those books which constitute a treasured experience for those who have read and loved them; but they remain just as rich an experience for those who reserve the chance to read them for when they are in the best condition to enjoy them. "
" Writers divide into those who write biting their nails and those who don't. Some writers write licking their finger. "
" I think today that politics registers very late things which society manifests through other channels, and I feel that often politics distorts and mystifies reality. "
" It is not the voice that commands the story; it is the ear. "
" 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. "
" A human being becomes human not through the casual convergence of certain biological conditions, but through an act of will and love on the part of other people. "
" When I'm writing a book, I prefer not to speak about it, because only when the book is finished can I try to understand what I've really done and to compare my intentions with the result. "
" I suffer from everyday life. "
" 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 don't believe chance can play a role in my literature. "
" The human race is a zone of living things that should be defined by tracing its confines. "
" Of course, I'm of the generation that grew up with Hemingway and Faulkner as strong influences. "
" For the critic, the author does not exist; only a certain number of writings exist. "
" I spend 12 hours a day reading on most days of the year. "
" Every morning I tell myself, 'Today has to be productive' - and then something happens that prevents me from writing. "
" 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. "
" In love, as in gluttony, pleasure is a matter of the utmost precision. "
" Thoughtful lightness can make frivolity seem dull and heavy. "
" Turin is a city which entices a writer towards vigor, linearity, style. It encourages logic, and through logic it opens the way towards madness. "
" I will revolutionise art and the world. Hurrah! "
" In abortion, the person who is massacred, physically and morally, is the woman. "