Latin American Writers at Work

I finished this beautiful book today. These are interviews by famous writers from the South American continent. Some of them include Borges, Carlos Fuentes and Marquez. Lets have a look at what they have to say-:


Borges, Argentine literature, Jorge Luis Borges

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
― Jorge Luis Borges

Borges is one of the towering figures in Latin American Literature. So far I’ve read a bit of his Ficciones. This Interview, like all the Interviews done for the Paris review is very informative. It gives a glimpse of his towering personality. For Borges, fiction was everything. He was a voracious reader and a polyglot. He knew several European languages and read many classics in the original. There was a bit of an anti-
peronistic Streak in him, so we can’t say he was apolitical. He was in to the older English, and throughout the Interview, we can see a widely read, acutely Intelligent man.

Pablo Neruda

“Love is so short, forgetting is so long.”
― Pablo Neruda

Pablo Neruda, Pablo Neruda poems, Chilean literature

This one doesn’t need an Introduction. Pablo still remains as one of the greatest poets of all time. His Whole attitude towards writing poetry is very interesting. He wrote all the time, for the people. He enjoyed every minute of his life and tedium never infiltrated his life. He was truly a revolutionary poet, as we can see episodes when he Speaks about his days in Spain, when he fought for the republicans.
He also Speaks about interesting personalities such as Lorca and Miguel Hernandez. For him, there was little difference between poetry and Politics.

Julio Cortazar

“In quoting others, we cite ourselves.”
― Julio Cortázar

Julio Cortazar,  Latin American Literature

one of the topmost writers during the Latin American boom, his fame entirely rests on his magical novel- Hopscotch. Here, he speaks about his readings, the way he choose to write etc.

Octavio Paz

“Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.”
― Octavio Paz

Octavio Paz, Latin American literature, Poetry

This poet- diplomat from Mexico Speaks about the things that had Impacted his poetry. He was a diplomat, and had been India for Sometime. Mayan culture had impacted him deeply, like many authors of that era. He speaks beautifully about India.

Carlos Fuentes

“Don’t classify me, read me. I’m a writer, not a genre.”
― Carlos Fuentes

Carlos Fuentes, Mexican Literature, Latin American literature

Another writer from Mexico. He is famed for his novel- The death of Artemio Cruz. He Speaks about his writing patterns and Influences. For him, distance from his home country, life as an émigré had a deep Impact on his works.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.”
― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Latin American Literature

Like Neruda, he also doesn’t need an introduction. Marquez speaks about his early days as a Journalist and his influences.He also speaks about the political climate and his relationship with Fidel Castro

Manuel Puig

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

― Manuel Puig

Manuel Puig, Latin American literature

One of the Sensational writers to emerge during the boom era, Puig used a complicated story creating method.

Guillermo Cabrera Infante

“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.”
― Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Latin American literature

From an admirer of the Castro dispensation, he became a vocal critic of it. This is mostly a humorous interview.

Mario Vargas Llosa

“Memory is a snare, pure and simple; it alters, it subtly rearranges the past to fit the present.”
― Mario Vargas Llosa

Mario Vargas Llosa, Latin American LiteratureLlosa is a very popular writer hailing from Peru. He says the ideas come to him a nebulous way and It would take helluva lot of time to develop.

Llosa is a very popular writer hailing from Peru. He says the ideas come to him a nebulous way and It would take helluva lot of time to develop.

Luisa Valenzuela

“In a world of beings who don’t exist, who self-destruct and erase themselves, perhaps one should make a valiant effort to at least draw oneself. Maybe that’s where all the sex comes from- to feel real.”
― Luisa Valenzuela

Luisa Valenzuela writer

The only female in the list, this writer speaks about her years in NY as an exile and her Influences.

Verdict-: Must read for writers


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