I Don’t Think It Is Worth Explaining How A Character’s Nose Or Chin Looks

I don’t think it is worth explaining how a character’s nose or chin looks. It is my feeling that readers will prefer to construct, little by little, their own character—the author will do well to entrust the reader with this part of the work.

Goodreads.com. (2019). José Saramago Quotes (Author of Blindness). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/1285555.Jos_Saramago [Accessed 16 Nov. 2019].

Tragedy Is Not Knowing What To Do With Our Lives

Our biggest tragedy is not knowing what to do with our lives.

Goodreads.com. (2019). José Saramago Quotes (Author of Blindness). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/1285555.Jos_Saramago [Accessed 16 Nov. 2019].

I Don’t Believe In The Notion That Characters Have Lives Of Their Own

I don’t believe in the notion that some characters have lives of their own and the author follows after them. The author has to be careful not to force the character to do something that would go against the logic of that character’s personality, but the character does not have independence. The character is trapped in the author’s hand, in my hand, but he is trapped in a way he does not know he is trapped.

Barroso, D. (2019). José Saramago, The Art of Fiction No. 155. [online] The Paris Review. Available at: https://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/1032/jose-saramago-the-art-of-fiction-no-155-jose-saramago [Accessed 16 Nov. 2019].

What I Do On The Computer Is Exactly What I Would Do On A Typewriter

What I do on the computer is exactly what I would do on the typewriter if I still had it, the only difference being that it is cleaner, more comfortable, and faster. Everything is better.

Barroso, D. (2019). José Saramago, The Art of Fiction No. 155. [online] The Paris Review. Available at: https://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/1032/jose-saramago-the-art-of-fiction-no-155-jose-saramago [Accessed 16 Nov. 2019].

I Consider Words To Be Good For Our Health

I consider books to be good for our health, and also our spirits, and they help us to become poets or scientists, to understand the stars or else to discover them deep within the aspirations of certain characters, those who sometimes, on certain evenings, escape from the pages and walk among us humans, perhaps the most human of us all.

Goodreads.com. (2019). José Saramago Quotes (Author of Blindness). [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/1285555.Jos_Saramago [Accessed 16 Nov. 2019].

The Characters Are On Strings

The characters are on strings, but the strings are loose; the characters enjoy the illusion of freedom, of independence, but they cannot go where I do not want them to go. When that happens, the author must pull on the string and say to them, I am in charge here.

Barroso, D. (2019). José Saramago, The Art of Fiction No. 155. [online] The Paris Review. Available at: https://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/1032/jose-saramago-the-art-of-fiction-no-155-jose-saramago [Accessed 16 Nov. 2019].