I'm under no illusions about the importance of my work. But if it has any worth, it is that it truly reflects the Brazilian people.
I am a writer who has written about the life of my people, the character of my people. What I can say is that the greatest hero of the Brazilian novel is the Brazilian people.
The best translations are always the ones in the language the author can't read.
Many things I might not write today because I no longer believe them, but I wouldn't change them, since I believed them at the time.