Friday, August 11, 2006

Quote: Senal Paz

Perhaps the new angle we have found is that of the imagination, of fantasy, and we opted for a literature weighed more heavily towards the imagination and a narrative more responsive to poetry...We have softened the tone of our literature: it is now more tranquil, lighter, more self-searching and intimate, less marked by the impact of the plot and subject matter, but having gained in reflection. There is more concern with the trivial pursuit of everydayness and also, and in this we agree, with the ethical preoccupations that stem from the construction of socialism.
--Senal Paz, in Emilio Bejel, ed. Escribir in Cuba: Entrevistas con escritores cubanos, 1979-1989 (Puerto Rico: Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico, 1991)

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