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When I’m writing a book, I prefer not to speak about it, because only when the book is finished can I try to understand what…
What is modern art but the attempt to pinpoint vague, incorporeal, inexpressible sensations? What is modern art, I would add, but the most solemn pile…
The Classics are those books which constitute a treasured experience for those who have read and loved them; but they remain just as rich an…
Sometimes I try to concentrate on the story I would like to write, and I realize that what interests me is something else entirely, or,…
Rarely does an interviewer ask questions you did not expect. I have given a lot of interviews, and I have concluded that the questions always…
Now you mustn’t think that I don’t have any ideas for novels in my head. I’ve got ideas for ten novels in my head. But…
I’m only a novelist on occasion. Many of my books are made up of brief texts collected together, short stories, or else they are books…
I think today that politics registers very late things which society manifests through other channels, and I feel that often politics distorts and mystifies reality.
I do not have any political commitments anymore. I’m politically a total agnostic; I’m one of the few writers in Italy who refuses to be…
I am more and more convinced that literature is made up of works, genres, schools, discussions, problems, collective work in order to solve certain problems.
Bringing a child into the world makes sense only if this child is wanted consciously and freely by its two parents. If it is not,…
Biographical data, even those recorded in the public registers, are the most private things one has, and to declare them openly is rather like facing…
The satirist is prevented by repulsion from gaining a better knowledge of the world he is attracted to, yet he is forced by attraction to…
I would very much like to be one of those writers who have something really clear in their head to say, and throughout their life…
Turin is a city which entices a writer towards vigor, linearity, style. It encourages logic, and through logic it opens the way towards madness.
Reading is a possession, a march toward a possession.
The writer is someone who tears himself to pieces in order to liberate his neighbor.
Politics is marginal, but literature moves along by indirection.
Of course, I’m of the generation that grew up with Hemingway and Faulkner as strong influences.
Nature in America does not arouse powerful emotions in me.
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