"Republicans have openly embraced a political strategy of complete opposition to all of Obama's initiatives, even those modeled on Republican ideas," he said. "They are waging all-out political war, and Obama would be foolish not to reciprocate in kind."
"I wanted to write a Latin American novel," he told one interviewer. "But I'm not from Latin America. I can't write like Marquez, who has a beautiful woman putting the washing on the line and suddenly being caught up by the wind and flying away. But I could have the Latin American atmosphere and playfulness and absurdity and anything could happen. I've written a Latin American novel about Germans and German classicism."