What I want is to respond to the challenge posed by the mass media - to permit the novel to say what can only be said by narrative - to allow it to be itself.
The real bombs are my books, not me.
I use a lot of film images, analogies, and imagination.
I don't think any good book is based on factual experience. Bad books are about things the writer already knew before he wrote them.
I am not interested in slice of life, what I want is a slice of the imagination.
Contrary to the macho culture of Mexico, both my grandmothers were very brave young widows. I was always very close to these hard-working, intelligent women.
You have an absolute freedom in Mexican writing today in which you don't necessarily have to deal with the Mexican identity. You know why? Because we have an identity... We know who we are. We know what it means to be a Mexican.