Manuel Puig quotes:

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

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

  • I believe that people who don't achieve anything in life are isolated and resent those that are successful.

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • Teaching is a good distraction, and I am in contact with young people, which is very gratifying.

  • 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?

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

  • 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.

  • I began teaching in New York because I needed to stay in the United States and didn't have my immigration papers in order, so working for a university was a way of resolving the issue.

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

  • 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.

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

  • What's better, a poetic intuition or an intellectual work? I think they complement each other.

  • The nicest thing about feeling happy is that you think you'll never be unhappy again.

  • The essayist has to follow a certain intellectual pattern. The novelist has the advantage of using fantasy, of being subjective.

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

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

  • My greatest aspiration was always to live in the tropics.

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

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

  • 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.

  • My only fantasy about writing was that in my old days, after directing many masterpieces, I would write my memoirs.

  • 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.

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

  • I haven't been the kind of writer about whom book-length academic studies have been written.

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

  • 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 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.

  • I am only interested in bad taste if I can enjoy a gruesome tango or watch a movie that makes me cry.

  • Tardiness in literature can make me nervous.

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

  • For someone who writes fiction, in order to activate the imagination and the unconscious, it's essential to be free.

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • I've never seen a worse situation than that of young writers in the United States. The publishing business in North America is so commercialized.

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

  • 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 do believe that reading can help you understand what you're writing and see what others are doing. But sometimes the desire for more information can act as an inhibitor.

  • Being a man (male "macho") does not give you right to anything.

  • I allow my intuition to lead my path.

  • I believe in characters as vehicles of exposition. Their voices are full of hidden clues, and I like to listen to them.

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

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

  • I don't want to name names, but the least I can say about rock and roll is that I'm suspicious.

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

  • I only understand realism.

  • 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.

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

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

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

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

  • It doesn't matter that the way of life shown by Hollywood was phony. It helped you hope.

  • Most of the movies I saw growing up were viewed as totally disposable, fine for quick consumption, but they have survived 50 years and are still growing.

  • My pleasure was to copy, not to create.

  • Whenever I write, I'm always thinking of the reader.

  • Writers are not meant for action.

  • Your reality, isn't restricted by this cell we live in. If you read something, if you study something, you transcend any cell you're inside of

  • I felt the need to tell stories to understand myself.

  • I write for somebody who has my own limitations. My reader has a certain difficulty with concentrating, which in my case comes from being a film viewer.