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Manuel Puig
Born (1932-12-28)December 28, 1932
General Villegas, Argentina
Died July 22, 1990(1990-07-22) (aged 57)
Cuernavaca, Mexico
Occupation Novelist, screenwriter
Nationality Argentinian
Period 1968-1990
Literary movement Postboom, Post-modernist

I am only interested in bad taste if I can enjoy a gruesome tango or watch a movie that makes me cry.
Manuel Puig
My stories are very somber, so I think I need the comic ingredient. Besides, life has so much humor.
Manuel Puig
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?
Manuel Puig
As a rule, one should never place form over content.
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.
Manuel Puig
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.
Manuel Puig
I'm not terribly happy about rock and roll. Certain rock music is uninspiring, numbing; it makes you feel like an idiot.
Manuel Puig
My pleasure was to copy, not to create.
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.
Manuel Puig
My only fantasy about writing was that in my old days, after directing many masterpieces, I would write my memoirs.
Manuel Puig
If it's great stuff, the people who consume it are nourished. It's a positive force.
Manuel Puig
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.
Manuel Puig
We should try to understand our innermost needs. We shouldn't use irony to reduce their power.
Manuel Puig
I'm not a best-seller, but through translations, I've accumulated some money.
Manuel Puig
It doesn't matter that the way of life shown by Hollywood was phony. It helped you hope.
Manuel Puig
I haven't been the kind of writer about whom book-length academic studies have been written.
Manuel Puig
I think cinema is closer to allegories than to reality. It's closer to our dreams.
Manuel Puig
I don't want to name names, but the least I can say about rock and roll is that I'm suspicious.
Manuel Puig
I like the beauty of Faulkner's poetry. But I don't like his themes, not at all.
Manuel Puig
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.
Manuel Puig
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.
Manuel Puig
I don't have traceable literary models because I haven't had great literary influences in my life.
Manuel Puig
One performs a very different act when reading a movie and when reading a novel. Your attention behaves differently.
Manuel Puig
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.
Manuel Puig
I don't think humor is forced upon my universe; it's a part of it.
For someone who writes fiction, in order to activate the imagination and the unconscious, it's essential to be free.
Manuel Puig
I believe realism is nothing but an analysis of reality. Film scripts have a synthetical constitution.
Manuel Puig
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.
Manuel Puig
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.
Manuel Puig
In film, you can't go into analytical explorations because the audience will reject that.
Manuel Puig
I locate that special problem in a character and then try to understand it. That's the genesis of all my work.
Manuel Puig
Book reviews have never helped me. Most of them erred in their interpretations and their work has been a waste of time.
Manuel Puig
I allow my intuition to lead my path.
I only understand realism.
My greatest aspiration was always to live in the tropics.
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.
Manuel Puig
If the novelist shares his or her problems with the characters, he or she is able to study his personal unconscious.
Manuel Puig
Writers are not meant for action.
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.
Manuel Puig
I write novels because there is something I don't understand in reality.
Manuel Puig
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.
Manuel Puig
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.
Manuel Puig
It's my own personal unconscious that ultimately creates the novel's aesthetic facade.
Manuel Puig
I felt the need to tell stories to understand myself.
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.
Manuel Puig
The essayist has to follow a certain intellectual pattern. The novelist has the advantage of using fantasy, of being subjective.
Manuel Puig
I would very much like to become a best-selling author.
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.
Manuel Puig
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.
Manuel Puig
Whenever I write, I'm always thinking of the reader.
I believe that people who don't achieve anything in life are isolated and resent those that are successful.
Manuel Puig

Writers are not meant for action.
Kafka truly illustrates the way the environment oppresses the individual. He shows how the unconscious controls our lives.
Manuel Puig
What's better, a poetic intuition or an intellectual work? I think they complement each other.
Manuel Puig
What better model of a synthesis than a nocturnal dream? Dreams simplify, don't they?
Manuel Puig
I had stories that needed more space than the hour and a half or two hours a movie gives you.
Manuel Puig
I didn't choose literature. Literature chose me. There was no decision on my side.
Manuel Puig
Tardiness in literature can make me nervous.
Ironically, Latin American countries, in their instability, give writers and intellectuals the hope that they are needed.
Manuel Puig
I have written every one of my novels to convince somebody of something.
The translator's task is to create, in his or her own language, the same tensions appearing in the original. That's hard!
Manuel Puig
Teaching is a good distraction, and I am in contact with young people, which is very gratifying.
Manuel Puig