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 Antonio Tabucchi - “We all want to be someone else but without ceasing to be ourselves. I think it's very important to defend this idea in real life too.”
 Antonio Tabucchi - “The most important basis of any novel is wanting to be someone else, and this means creating a character.”
 Antonio Tabucchi - “People with lots of doubts sometimes find life more oppressive and exhausting than others, but they're more energetic - they aren't robots.”
 Antonio Tabucchi - “My job is to look at what politics is doing, not be a politician myself.”
 Antonio Tabucchi - “My books are about losers, about people who've lost their way and are engaged in a search.”
 Antonio Tabucchi - “It's very useful when politicians have doubts because there are so many choices to be made in the world.”
 Antonio Tabucchi - “In a novel, my feelings and sense of outrage can find a broader means of expression which would be more symbolic and applicable to many European countries.”
 Antonio Tabucchi - “I've always been drawn to tormented people full of contradictions.”
 Antonio Tabucchi - “I vividly remember the stories my grandfather told me about the carnage of the First World War, which people tend to forget was one of the worst massacres in human history.”
 Antonio Tabucchi - “I prefer insomnia to anaesthesia.”
 Antonio Tabucchi - “I don't want to promote my own image either. I don't like going on television or mixing in literary circles.”
 Antonio Tabucchi - “I don't go for people who lead full and satisfying lives.”
 Antonio Tabucchi - “I claim the right to take a stand once in a while.”
 Antonio Tabucchi - “Doubts are like stains on a shirt. I like shirts with stains, because when I'm given a shirt that's too clean, one that's completely white, I immediately start having doubts.”
 Antonio Tabucchi - “As a writer, I've always been interested in others.”
 Antonio Tabucchi - “No, I'm happy to go on living the life I've chosen. I'm a university teacher and I like my job.”
 Antonio Tabucchi - “Xenophobia manifests itself especially against civilizations and cultures that are weak because they lack economic resources, means of subsistence or land. So nomadic people are the first targets of this kind of aggression.”
 Antonio Tabucchi - “There are some fundamental values it's impossible to be wrong about.”
 Antonio Tabucchi - “Fifty years after half a million gypsies were exterminated in the Second World War - thousands of them in Auschwitz - we're again preparing the mass killing of this minority.”
 Antonio Tabucchi - “I live quietly at home among my family and friends.”
 Antonio Tabucchi - “Literature is my life of course, but from an ontological point of view. From an existential point of view, I like being a teacher.”
 Antonio Tabucchi - “Literature for me isn't a workaday job, but something which involves desires, dreams and fantasy.”
 Antonio Tabucchi - “But democracy isn't a state of perfection. It has to be improved, and that means constant vigilance.”
 Antonio Tabucchi - “It's the job of intellectuals and writers to cast doubt on perfection.”
 Antonio Tabucchi - “I don't have any doubts either about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Perhaps some more should be added to the list, but I don't have the slightest doubt about human rights.”

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