The story says that Paz-Soldán initially shied away from devoting his life to literature.
“Then I realized that I didn’t have the temperament to be a good politician,” he says in the story. “And I thought, maybe a good way to connect with people is through something I love—through writing. Maybe as a writer I could talk about political and social issues. My first three novels had large political and social components. That’s a big part of the Latin American writing tradition.”