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Elena Poniatowska

  • I write in order to belong.

    • Elena Poniatowska,
    • in Janet Sternburg, ed., The Writer on Her Work, vol. 2 ()
  • I live to the rhythm of my country and I cannot remain on the sidelines. I want to be here. I want to be part of it. I want to be a witness. I want to walk arm in arm with it. I want to hear it more and more, to cradle it, to carry it like a medal on my chest. Activism is a constant element in my life, even though afterwards I anguish over not having written 'my own things.' Testimonial literature provides evidence of events that people would like to hide, denounces and therefore is political and part of a country in which everything remains to be done and documented.

    • Elena Poniatowska,
    • in Janet Sternburg, ed., The Writer on Her Work, vol. 2 ()
  • Writers in Latin America live in a reality that is extraordinarily demanding. Surprisingly, our answer to these demands protects and develops our individuality. I feel I am not alone in trying to give their voice to those who don't have it.

    • Elena Poniatowska,
    • in Janet Sternburg, ed., The Writer on Her Work, vol. 2 ()
  • I believe that everything is political, and as such it should concern all of us. Authors who claim they don't deal with politics in their work are being naive, because even that is a political stance.

    • Elena Poniatowska,
    • in Marie-Lise Gazarian-Gautiez, Interviews with Latin American Writers ()

Elena Poniatowska, Mexican journalist, writer

(1933)