What Mario Vargas Llosa found here is no news to me.
Yet there was one sentence in this interview with Mario Vargas Llosa:
"I write - my wife does everything else."
I do everything, writing included.
True, nowadays, with children grown up and on their own, I have, in theory, the freedom to do just the writing.
Except that - how can one write when hungry.
I get up and do the cooking.
How can one cook, when the kitchen is empty.
I go out and do the shopping, bills have to be paid and settled on time, money has to be raised - to buy food and cover the bills, too much dust is bad for your lungs, the floors must be washed...
I can stop all activities for a whole month - I cannot stop the sense of heavy burden.
Dacia Maraini, whom I've visited with in Italy for my "Noffey Haneffesh" (Once She Was a Child), does have a secretary, agents, help. Yet she did the cooking for the fourteen guests at the party in the evening.
Even before a woman takes a pen in her hand, she's, most of the time, handycapped.
The only place where a measure of freedom exists, or rather responsibility is for a while lifted - is at the artists' colony. It's called a retreat, only that one finds it hard to retreat while surrounded by twenty or fifty energetic writers and artists day and night.
No doubt - having a wife to do "everything else", is a good idea.
I won't exchange my full freedom for anything else.
The sense of responsibility feels like a great burden only in memory. It shouldn't be that terrible when one is responsible only for one's own life.
Like a freed slave, the greatest task is to erase the imprint left by years of slaving to responsibilities.
This book I've been writing since December 2000, am still working on - my fifth - brings new revelations daily.
Writing is such an irresponsible adventure!