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It is terrible to destroy a person's picture of himself in the interests of truth or some other abstraction.
It usually takes me a year to do a book. A year or eighteen months.
It's amazing what you find out about yourself when you write in the first person about someone very different from you.
It's lovely to have money to give away - that's the bonus of winning the Nobel.
Some people obtain fame, others deserve it.
Sometimes I think what I write is funny in its quiet way.
The thing is, I haven't changed at all.
There are no laws for the novel. There never have been, nor can there ever be.
You can't be a Red if you're married to a civil servant.
You cannot escape the fact that women mould your first five years, whether you like it or not. And I can't say I do like it very much.
I do not think writers ought ever to sit down and think they must write about some cause, or theme, or something. If they write about their own experiences, something true is going to emerge.
There's an unconscious bias in our society: girls are wonderful; boys are terrible. And to be a boy, or young man, growing up, having to listen to all this, it must be painful.
When I started, there were no big interviews, no television, no profiles and all that. The publishers were quite shockingly uncommercial, but they did look after their writers.
I got married and I had children because of the Second World War, as all of us did, exclaiming, 'Oh, no, we are never going to bring a child into this wicked world,' but we had children by the dozen and got married.
I see every book as a problem that you have to solve. That is what dictates the form you use. It's not that you say, 'I want to write a science fiction book.' You start from the other end, and what you have to say dictates the form of it.
I was writing all my childhood. And I wrote two novels when I was 17, which were terrible. And I'm not sorry I threw them out. So, I wrote. I had to write. You know, the thing was, I had no education.
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