When I learnt to write I became my own master I became very strong and that strength is with me to this very day.
What was past was past. I suppose that was the general attitude.
Trinidad may seem complex but to anyone who knows it it is a simple colonial philistine society.
Some writers can only deal with childhood experience because it’s complete. For another kind of writer life goes on and he’s able to keep processing that as well.
One must always try to see the truth of a situation – it makes things universal.
It is important not to trust people too much.
Africa has no future.
If you write a novel alone you sit and you weave a little narrative. And it’s O.K. but it’s of no account.
The writer is all alone.
I went to India and met some people who had been involved in this guerrilla business middle-class people who were rather vain and foolish. There was no revolutionary grandeur to it. Nothing.
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.
Great writing can be done in biography history art.
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.
To be converted you have to destroy your past destroy your history. You have to stamp on it you have to say ‘my ancestral culture does not exist it doesn’t matter.’