The Bitch by Pilar Quintana

The Bitch
Pilar Quintana

The Bitch by Pilar Quintana is a powerful and beautiful novel that examines the painful chaos of life.

Finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Translated Literature

Longlisted for the DUBLIN Literary Award 2022

In the jungle, dreams and nightmares coexist.

Colombia’s Pacific coast, where everyday life entails warding off the brutal forces of nature. In this constant struggle, nothing is taken for granted. Damaris lives with her fisherman husband in a shack on a bluff overlooking the sea. Childless and at that age “when women dry up,” as her uncle puts it, she is eager to adopt an orphaned puppy. But this act may bring more than just affection into her home. The Bitch is written in a prose as terse as the villagers, with storms―both meteorological and emotional―lurking around each corner. Beauty and dread live side by side in this poignant exploration of the many meanings of motherhood and love.

Pilar Quintana is a widely respected Colombian author. In 2007, Hay Festival selected her as one of the most promising young authors of Latin America. Her previous novel, The Bitch, won a PEN Translates award in the UK and was a finalist for the National Book Award in the US. It also won the prestigious Colombian Biblioteca de Narrativa Prize, was selected for several Best Books of 2017 lists, and was chosen as one of the most valuable objects to preserve for future generations in a marble time capsule in Bogotá. Abyss, her latest novel, was awarded the Alfaguara de Novela Prize, which is among the most prestigious awards in the Spanish language.

Translated by Lisa Dillman who lives in Decatur, Georgia, where she translates Spanish-language fiction and teaches at Emory University.

  • ISBN: 978-1-64286-059-7
  • 168 pages
  • August 4, 2020

Published by: World Editions