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House Heart Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the house.

- Alvaro Enrigue

City Brought Boom

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

Like Some Archives

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

Fiction Believe

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

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

Like Young 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

Think Book 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

Stories Soccer Forward

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 Became 19th Century

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

Very Offers New

New York offers a bubble out of the literary life that is very useful. We have more time for the children, for the cooking.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Rock And Roll Rock Roll

Great rock n' roll comes from suburbia.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Think Conservative Mexico

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

- Alvaro Enrigue

Always Love I Remember

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

- Alvaro Enrigue

Read Fiction Learned

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

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

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

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

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

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Write Books Inadvertently

I don't write books inadvertently.

- A. N. Wilson

My Life Books Were

When I was a child - in wartime, pre-television - books were my life.

- A. S. Byatt

Going See Brilliant

When you have a brilliant idea, nobody is going to ask to see your diploma.

- Alan Gerry

Needs World Cup Brilliant

The World Cup needs a brilliant Brazilian team.

- Alan Hansen

Go However Brilliant

Famously, there's not really anywhere to go after nihilism. It's not progressing toward anything, it's a statement of outrage, however brilliant.

- Alan Moore

Modern Pursuit Brilliant

Modern political speechwriting is not a high-minded pursuit for brilliant talents.

- Alex Pareene

Chance Brilliant No Chance

My father will anticipate everything. He will leave you and me no chance to do a great and brilliant deed.

- Alexander the Great

Adding Brilliant Volume

Hairpieces are brilliant for adding volume.

- Alexandra Roach

Cares Mum Brilliant

My mum wouldn't do a film for money. She does it as a passion. That's why she's involved in things that are so brilliant. She really cares about what she does.

- Alfie Allen

Books Longest Refused

I devour books. But for the longest time, I refused to pay attention to genre or labels.

- Alison Tyler

Books Brilliant Defy

Vivian Abenshushan and Veronica Gerber write brilliant books that defy generic conventions.

- Alvaro Enrigue

Read World Books

Anywhere you go in the world is what you make of it, not what you read in books.

- Alvin Lee

Books Material Performance

I don't write to create performance material; I write to make books.

- Amy Gerstler

Cut Books Either

All books are either dreams or swords, you can cut, or you can drug, with words.

- Amy Lowell

Me Books Inspirational

Books are challenging and inspirational to me.

- Amy Sedaris

Control Defy Hereditary

There are heads of royal families who control hereditary fortunes that defy comprehension.

- J. Paul Getty

Fellow Stomach Defy

I defy you to agitate any fellow with a full stomach.

- William Cobbett