More usually, before he began to write, Cortazar would have felt a story "turning around in me a long time, sometimes for weeks...During this gestation period my dreams are full of references and allusions to what is going to be in the story. Sometimes the whole story is in a dream... But in general, what comes out of the dreams are fragments of references. That is, my subconscious is in the process of working through a story—when I am dreaming, it’s being written inside there."
Quotations are from an interview by Jason Weiss in The Paris Review (Fall 1984, No. 93)
Picture: Julio Cortazar, Casa Tomada