Guillermo Cabrera Infante

Literary Birthday – 22 April – Guillermo Cabrera Infante


Guillermo Cabrera Infante was born 22 April 1929 and died 21 February 2005

Guillermo Cabrera Infante Quotes

  1. When I write, the first blank page, or any blank page, means nothing to me. What means something is a page that has been filled with words.
  2. I think writers rush in where everybody is very frightened to tread.
  3. I think that I’ve tried many times to get Cuba in my writings, especially Havana, which was once a great and fascinating city.
  4. What I do believe is that there is always a relationship between writing and reading, a constant interplay between the writer on the one hand and the reader on the other.
  5. Writing for me, even what you call serious writing, is play.
  6. I believe that writers, unless they consider themselves terribly exquisite, are at heart people who live by night, a little bit outside society, moving between delinquency and conformity.
  7. The relationship between reader and characters is very difficult. It is even more peculiar than the relationship between the writer and his characters.
  8. No matter what you write, be it a biography, an autobiography, a detective novel, or a conversation on the street, it all becomes fiction as soon as you write it down.
  9. I do not believe in inspiration, but I must have a title in order to work, otherwise I am lost.

Guillermo Cabrera Infante was a Cuban novelist, essayist, translator, screenwriter, and critic. He wrote using the pseudonym G. Caín in the 1950s. Cabrera Infante went into exile to London in 1965. He is best known for the novel, Tres Tristes Tigres (published in English as Three Trapped Tigers).

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