Timeless insights into writing from Gabriel García Márquez

In an era when the boundary between fact and fiction is occasionally blurred by commercial or political factors, we can find inspiration from the candid, somewhat counterintuitive ideas of this eminent novelist-journalist.

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“I’ve always been convinced that my true profession is that of a journalist.”

During an interview held at his house in Mexico City with the Paris Review, for the Winter 1981 edition of the literary magazine, Gabriel Garcia Marquez berated interviewer Peter H. Stone for bringing along a tape recorder to harness the accuracy of the exchange.Marquez

The interview, which occurred over the course of three late afternoon meetings spanning approximately two hours each, involved the Colombian artist speaking mostly in Spanish, with his sons translating much of his words.

Through it, Marquez provides illuminating insights into how a novel and a piece of journalistic literature are conditioned by the expectations of editors. Writing for newspapers versus novels impedes the flow of creativity, suggests Marquez, when he writes:

“I had to condition my thoughts and ideas to the interests of the newspaper. Now, after having worked as a novelist…

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As a woman, I have no country. As a woman, I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.

Virginia Woolf