of all, when a writer finishes a novel,
he doesnt know whether he explained
his soul or not. But in the case of Eleven
Minutes, talking about such a sensitive
subject as sexuality, I was not sure that
I made my case, that I could explain myself.
I do not write to please, I write to express
there was a moment when I was writing The
Alchemist that I thought I had been trapped
in the writing because, in fact, I wrote
The Alchemist in fifteen days. Not fifteen
days, but thirty-nine years and fifteen
days. Picasso probably was poor. (Laughs.)
And there was a moment in The Alchemist
when the boy has to change himself into
the wind, and when I reached that moment,
I thought, I don't know how to end this
part of the book. But, in fact, the book
wrote itself, and I had it. So I think,
for me, this is not a favorite part, but
I remember it as clear as the day that it
was -- the most difficult moment in writing
it and that the universe conspired to help
my dream was always to become a writer,
but when I went to my mother to tell her
that I would like to write books and become
a writer, and she said, "Well, of course
you can do this, but first you enroll yourself
in the law school, become a lawyer, and
then you'll be able to write in your spare
time". Which I did, of course, because
sometimes you feel very insecure about the
future. But it was then that the hippie
generation arrived, and give me strength
to quit everything, to quit the law school
and started to pursue my dream -- to follow
my dream. But I didn't yet write books until
1986 when I wrote my first book, that is
currently published here as The Pilgrimage.
After that, that time, I was writing, you
know, for television, for newspapers, and
even lyrics for rock songs that are very
popular in Brazil. But The Pilgrimage, my
first book, I wrote when I was I was almost
thirty-eight years old. I'm now forty-eight.
don't want people to go through what I
went through. I want kids to have the
ability to read, to write,
what people are saying to them, to be able
to solve life's
I don't watch the TV
shows that are about that. I don't read
that make things up about people.
I know what the truth
is. I don't sort of indulge in my own fodder.
don't really care what they write
I just liked the words.
the words walk a very, very fine line of
being at times,
being very much sort of very, very dramatic
and other times unbelievably realistic.
Personally, to me that's what it's all about
- great words. I like great
and it was clear that this was great writing.
read all of Shakespeare
and practiced a lot of lines.
going to do Juliet first. Don't laugh.
What, with what makeup, costume and camera
can do, my acting
a Juliet who is 14, an innocent virgin.
with the written
word. Then we get to TV,
originally with the idea
that it will protect the advertising
base and it then progresses
into a medium
of its own with news, programmes and ideas.
You then look at TV and you say: 'Look,
we don't want to just buy programmes from
studio, we'd better have one.'
a book one feels
that the author would have preferred to
rather than write;
one can sense the pleasure
he derives from describing a landscape or
a person, as if he were painting what he
is saying, because deep in his heart he
would have preferred to use brushes and
is abstract. It confronts you. There was
a while back who wrote
that my pictures
didn't have any beginning or any end. He
didn't mean it as a compliment but it was.
It was a fine Compliment.