Fuentes dixit

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INTERVIEWER

It’s possible in England and the United States to write a history of editors and their influence on literature. Would such a history be possible in the Hispanic world?

FUENTES

Impossible, because the dignity of Spanish hidalgos would never allow a menial laborer to come and tell us what to do with our own work. It comes from the fact that we are caught in a terrible kind of schizophrenia made up of extreme pride, and extreme individualism which we inherited from Spain. The hidalgo expects everyone else to respect him, just as he kowtows to superior power. If you were to try to edit anyone’s text in Latin America, even a hack, he would resign immediately, accusing you of censoring or insulting him.

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INTERVIEWER

What do you do to promote your own work? Do you submit to talk shows?

FUENTES

Perhaps each nation has the Siberia it deserves. In the Soviet Union a writer who is critical, as we know, is taken to a lunatic asylum. In the United States, he’s taken to a talk show. There they have to deal with the KGB, here they have to deal with Johnny Carson, which is much more withering, I suspect.

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