Review: “But no matter where I went, Spanish would be the language of my writing and Latin America the culture of my language.” The essence of this essay is in the quotes.
Quote: “Could I a Mexican who had not yet written his first book, sitting on a bench on an early spring day…have the courage to explore for myself, with my language, with my tradition, with my friends and influences, the region where the literary figure bids us consider it in the uncertainty of its gestation?”
Quote: “The novel is forever traveling Don Quixote’s road….”
Quote: “You start by writing to live. You end by writing so as not do die.”
Quote: “This was, finally, a way of ceasing to tell what I understood and trying to tell, behind all the things I knew, the really important things: what I did not know.”
Quote: “I always tried to tell my critics: don’t classify me, read me. I’m a writer, not a genre.”
Quote: “Language is a shared and sharing part of culture that cares little about formal classifications and much about vitality and connection….”
Quote: “There is no creation without tradition. No one creates from nothing.”
Quote: “But no matter where I went, Spanish would be the language of my writing and Latin America the culture of my language.”
The Art of the Personal Essay: An Anthology from the Classical Era to the Present. Ed. Phillip Lopate. New York: Anchor Books. 1995.