My life is short. I can't listen to banality.
It's very attractive to people to be a victim. Instead of having to think out the whole situation, about history and your group and what you are doing... if you begin from the point of view of being a victim, you've got it half-made. I mean intellectually.
If a writer doesn't generate hostility, he is dead.
I have always moved by intuition alone. I have no system, literary or political. I have no guiding political idea.
I grew up in a small place and left it when I was quite young and entered the bigger world.
I read many things. I read to fill in my knowledge of the world.
An autobiography can distort; facts can be realigned. But fiction never lies: it reveals the writer totally.
Home is, I suppose just a child's idea. A house at night, and a lamp in the house. A place to feel safe.
I came to London. It had become the center of my world and I had worked hard to come to it. And I was lost.
The reason is that they define how I have gone about my business. I have trusted to intuition. I did it at the beginning. I do it even now. I have no idea how things might turn out, where in my writing I might go next.
That element of surprise is what I look for when I am writing. It is my way of judging what I am doing - which is never an easy thing to do.
The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it.
The world is always in movement.
I know my father and my mother, but beyond that I cannot go. My ancestry is blurred.
In England I am not English, in India I am not Indian. I am chained to the 1,000 square miles that is Trinidad; but I will evade that fate yet.
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