Facts about Guillermo Cabrera Infante

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Guillermo Cabrera Infante was a famous Novelist from Cuba, who lived between April 22, 1929 and February 21, 2005. He/she became 75 years old.

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He/she is born under the zodiac taurus, who is known for Security, Subtle strength, Appreciation, Instruction, Patience. Our collection contains 39 quotes who is written / told by Guillermo.

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Famous quotes by Guillermo Cabrera Infante (39)


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"When I write, the first blank page, or any blank page, means nothing to me. What means something is a page that has been filled with words"
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"When I write, I enjoy myself so much that what is being written really needs no reader"
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"What I do believe is that there is always a relationship between writing and reading, a constant interplay between the writer on the one hand and the reader on the other"
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"I was never a true journalist, I was a movie critic"
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"I was able to read a movie before I was able to read a book"
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"I think that like all writers - and if any writer disagrees with this, then he is not a writer - I write primarily for myself"
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"I think all writing is done through memory"
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"If you look closely, there is no book more visual than Three Trapped Tigers, in that it is filled with blank pages, dark pages, it has stars made of words, the famous magical cube made of numbers, and there is even a page which is a mirror"
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"I think writers rush in where everybody is very frightened to tread"
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"I think that I've tried many times to get Cuba in my writings, especially Havana, which was once a great and fascinating city"
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"I first came out against Castro in June 1968, fifteen months after my book had been published, and you cannot imagine how quickly a void was created around me"
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"I believe that writers, unless they consider themselves terribly exquisite, are at heart people who live by night, a little bit outside society, moving between delinquency and conformity"
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"A very wise author once said that a writer writes for himself, and then publishes for money. I write for myself and publish just for the reader"
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"I have one main reader, Miriam Gomez, my wife. She reads everything I write - I have not finished writing something and she is already reading it"
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"So I do not consider myself a chronicler of my fatherland or even a chronicler of Havana"
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"I wrote for a weekly magazine and then edited a literary magazine, but I did not really feel comfortable with the profession of journalism itself"
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"I know that many writers have had to write under censorship and yet produced good novels; for instance, Cervantes wrote Don Quixote under Catholic censorship"
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"I describe my works as books, but my publishers in Spain, in the United States, and elsewhere insist on calling them novels"
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"For me, literature is a complex game, both mental and concrete, which is acted out in a physical manner on the page"
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"I read the Odyssey because it was the story of a man who returned home after being absent for more than twenty years and was recognized only by his dog"
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"I live in London and I am a British subject, although I do write in Spanish, of course"
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"I left my country because I was forced to, and I do not think that I am going to lose my language because I live in England"
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"I am the only British writer who writes in Spanish"
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"I am a writer of fragments"
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"You are just in the middle of a struggle with words which are really very stubborn things, with a blank page, with the damn thing that you use to write with, a pen or a typewriter, and you forget all about the reader when you are doing that"
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"Watching a movie from beginning to end is like reading, because even though what you see are images, they are telling you a story"
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"I was an avid radio fan when I was a boy, as well as a great lover of comic strips"
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"I have assiduously avoided calling my books novels"
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"I don't have any style"
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"I do not consider myself a Hispanic writer"
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"I do not believe in inspiration, but I must have a title in order to work, otherwise I am lost"
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"I am against the notion of style in itself"
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"For me, words are just words, nothing else"
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"But I do not have the reader in mind when I write. No true writer does that"
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"American literature had always considered writing a very serious matter"
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"Writers rush in where publishers fear to tread and where translators fear to tread"
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"Well, I write in exile because I cannot return to my country, so I have no choice but to see myself as an exiled writer"
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"Titles are not only important, they are essential for me. I cannot write without a title"
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"I don't much believe in the idea of characters. I write with words, that is all. Whether those words are put in the mouth of this or that character does not matter to me"


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