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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I allow my intuition to lead my path. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

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

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

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. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tardiness in literature can make me nervous. ---->>>

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'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. ---->>>

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 only understand realism. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

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

My greatest aspiration was always to live in the tropics. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

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

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

I felt the need to tell stories to understand myself. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

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

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. ---->>>

My pleasure was to copy, not to create. ---->>>

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

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

Writers are not meant for action. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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? ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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 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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>


Nationality: Argentinian
Born: 12-28, 1932
Die: 07-22, 1990
Occupation: Author

Juan Manuel Puig Delledonne (December 28, 1932 – July 22, 1990) was an Argentine author. Among his best-known novels are La traición de Rita Hayworth (Betrayed by Rita Hayworth, 1968), Boquitas pintadas (Heartbreak Tango, 1969), and El beso de la mujer araña (Kiss of the Spider Woman, 1976) which was adapted into the film released in 1985, directed by the Argentine-Brazilian director Héctor Babenco; and a Broadway musical in 1993 (wikipedia)