Quotes by: Oscar Hijuelos

Oscar Jerome Hijuelos
Born August 24, 1951
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died October 12, 2013(2013-10-12) (aged 62)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Novelist
Language English
Nationality American
Ethnicity Cuban American
Education B.A.; M.A. English [1]
Alma mater City College of New York [1]
Period 1983–2013[1]
Genre Cuban/American, Latino: fiction and memoirs
Notable works The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love (1989)
Notable awards Rome Prize (American Academy in Rome) (1985)
Pulitzer Prize (1990)
Hispanic Heritage Award for Literature (2000) [1]
Spouse Lori Marie Carlson[2]

When you write fiction, you can sort of invent more but also pack it with emotions that are very pertinent to you. Whereas with nonfiction, you have to be as factual as possible but also hopefully - also bring... emotional relevance to the piece.
Oscar Hijuelos
Of course, I grew up hearing Latin music but, to be honest, aside from my personal circumstances, like most kids I wanted to rebel against what I considered to be such old fashioned fare.
Oscar Hijuelos
I enjoy listening to contemporary rock on the college stations while I'm taking long walks, love gospel and soul music, am fascinated by hip-hop and rap as the new kind of urban 'beat' poetry and, come to think of it, find something interesting about just any kind of music.
Oscar Hijuelos
It's true that immigrant novels have to do with people going from one country to another, but there isn't a single novel that doesn't travel from one place to another, emotionally or locally.
Oscar Hijuelos
Music infuses your spirit with a certain energy that I try to convey in my work.
Oscar Hijuelos
I like to encourage young talented writers to try and help them get published and so forth, but that's all. That's the best I can do.
Oscar Hijuelos
Latins are predisposed to thinking about the past. Catholicism has a lot to do with it because Catholicism is a contemplation of the past, of symbols that are supposed to be eternally present.
Oscar Hijuelos
I teach at Duke, and I have students who are all of twenty who want to write memoirs, and you know it's all pretty interesting stuff, but a lot of them lack gravitas, you know.
Oscar Hijuelos
I have never - I have never let go of my childhood contacts. My best friends from childhood are still my best friends.
Oscar Hijuelos
When you're writing a novel - at least the way I write is I work from what I would call 'emotional atmosphere,' ambiance to ambiance.
Oscar Hijuelos
As a kid I had all kinds of questions about how I fit it with my neighborhood and friends and other Latinos.
Oscar Hijuelos
Nightclubs are the equivalent of a Catholic Church in a poor country. You hear a lot of stuff about churches filled with gold while the people are starving. But what elitists don't get is that for poor people, the church is their own mansion. Nightclubs fill the same function.
Oscar Hijuelos
If you start believing all that press about you, you're in trouble. I don't even read my reviews.
Oscar Hijuelos
People in their forties, fifties, and onward enjoy the whole world of books in a different way than the Internet-age kids do.
Oscar Hijuelos

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