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Friday, November 23, 2012

Julio Cortázar On Editorial Review



"I can tell you that my oeuvre, personally, was completed in solitude, was completed in poverty, was completed with no editorial guidance and when editors WOKE UP to my books, to the books of Fuentes, to those of Garcia Marquez, to those of Vargas Llosa, they woke up because the first, precarious and difficult editions were sharply read by a bunch of people who passed them around hand to hand, and the editors who are not dumb- and who are there to gain money, understood perfectly that those writers were to be credited. They did not invent us. We wrote alone, and far away from Latin America. Garcia Marquez wrote far away. Vargas Llosa wrote far away. And me too... We didn't have editors or editor friends. The editors came later... 

... The truth is that no editorial promotion has saved a writer or piece of literature. With a great promotional campaign you can sell a book or one edition really well, but if the book isn't worth anything, how long will it really last?"

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