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Alvaro Enrigue

American,  Author
Total Quotes : 24
Book Hands Kind

Writing is so fun precisely because if you take out the right adjective, the readers can decide what kind of book is in their hands. Suspension of disbelief should not be mandatory in contemporary writing.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Believe Fiction

I don't believe in inspiration at all. We live in a world that demands explanation. And fiction has the capability to offer explanations for things.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Like Archives Some

History is like Santa Claus: a language construction. We have some registers about the existence of Santa and history - the presents under the tree, the archives - but none have really seen them.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Young Like Looked

Caravaggio was a tormented, defiant, bisexual, angry young man - a maestro who looked nothing like a maestro.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Work Country Thirst

I work with history because I come from a country that has a tremendous thirst for reality.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Love Always I Remember

I'm always reading a novel. If it's good, I remember why I love my job.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Other Historical Happened

I don't write historical novels but novels that wonder, 'And what if it happened in this way and not in this other one?'

- Alvaro Enrigue

Fiction Learned Read

I read everything from comics to magazines to fiction - I learned to read in English, years before being able to speak a word of it, by reading 'National Geographic.'

- Alvaro Enrigue

Book Think Wondrous

I don't think that books are wondrous, magical things that come from nowhere. It's important that a book has clues about where and how it was written.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Soccer Forward Stories

I was not able to be the front forward of a soccer team - that is a way to make people super happy every Sunday. What I can do is tell stories and try to put my coin in that discussion.

- Alvaro Enrigue

City 19th Century Became

If you read the poets of the 19th century in Latin America, you would see that Havana or Mexico City or Buenos Aires are incredibly modern and global cities that they were not. And eventually they became real, and they became real because people read these books and tried to live in a better world.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Game Side Brutal

There is this brutal side to tennis. It was invented as a game for kings and cardinals and people with a lot of power who didn't have to share the field with other players.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Rock Roll Rock And Roll

Great rock n' roll comes from suburbia.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Against Castro Subversive

Fidel Castro's most scandalous show trial was not mounted against a political figure but against a writer: Heberto Padilla. In 1971, after 38 days of detention, Mr. Padilla was forced to 'confess' at the Cuban writers' union to the charges of 'subversive activities.'

- Alvaro Enrigue

Heart Kitchen House

The kitchen is the heart of the house.

- Alvaro Enrigue

City Boom Brought

In 'Where the Air is Clear', Carlos Fuentes composed a polyphonic portrait of Mexico City amid the growth and modernization brought on by the economic boom of the 1950s. The novel can be read as a jazz interpretation - free and in a Mexican key - of John Dos Passos' 'Manhattan Transfer'.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Life Still Pirates

My definition of freedom is still ruled by the reluctance to live a conventional life, from Emilio Salgari's pirates.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Think Conservative Mexico

In Mexico, I think I'm considered conservative. Not politically - in terms of form and experimentation.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Think Original Using

Walter Benjamin used to think that languages expand their register thanks to translation, because translation forces ways of using words and structures that were alien to the original speaker of the target language.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Book Differences About

'Flaubert's Parrot' is an amphibious book in which what appears to be a personal essay about Flaubertian writing is gradually, delicately transformed into an extremely sad novel in which the differences between character, author, and narrator are less clear than they appear at first glance.

- Alvaro Enrigue