Alejandro Zambra Quotes
Alejandro Andrés Zambra Infantas (Santiago, Chile, 1975) is a Chilean poet, short story writer and novelist
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Publishing my book is like giving it away. At first you start talking about it, but you are basically letting go. I won't say it's like giving birth because I haven't given birth. It's more like when your children leave home.
When you read a novel, you know what to expect because you've been reading novels for a long time.
I remember thinking, without pride of self-pity, that I was not rich or poor, that I wasn't good or bad. But that was difficult: to be neither good nor bad. It seemed to me, in the end, the same as being bad.
You're looking for something, I don't know what I'm looking for, but I'm looking. Writing is a lot about that. When you write a poem. When you write a novel.
Everything has been said and everything has been done, but you still feel like you are looking for something.
As a child, all you see is that adults are not playing. Adults are not talking too much. Adults don't want to relate to each other.
The stories on standardized tests don't have one author, therefore they can never authentically be in the first person. Imagine that! Everywhere, there are these tests that have been written by multiple people.
I knew little, but at least I knew that: no one could speak for someone else. That although we might want to tell other people's stories, we always end up telling our own.
If you write, and you are really alone (writing is a lonely thing), you learn to be alone without suffering. When you read, you also learn to do this. When you write, you deal with things.
Every story, every poem, every written piece is about belonging. There is a me, there is a we, there is an us, and we want to belong to it or we don't want to belong. You can read every story with this as its main focus.
The ways in which a standardized language test induces storytelling, for example, is the opposite of creative writing; you have to learn a logical way to start a story, whereas in creative writing you may begin at the end or begin at the middle of the story.
You can say that literature is about topics like love, death, and all that, but I think there is only one topic that applies to all literature and that is belonging.
I am still trying to find out things. And I inevitably tell myself the story in different ways every time I think about it.