Thursday, December 2

“In Colombia people are able to say openly that he deserved to be killed”: Pilar Quintana, author of “Los abismos”

  • Alejandro Millán Valencia
  • HayFestivalQuerétaro @ BBCMundo

Pilar Quintana

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Pilar Quintana, Colombian writer.

When you read “Los abismos”, the novel with which Colombian writer Pilar Quintana won the prestigious Alfaguara 2021 Prize, you feel that you are standing in front of you, just like Claudia, the girl who tells the story.

Sometimes physically, sometimes metaphorically.

“Los abismos”, Quintana’s fifth novel, has been described as a book that subtly and lucidly takes us into the world of a girl who faces the reality of adults from a visionary childhood.

“His floor is a jungle, his home a supermarket, his country mountains covered with fog that hide cliffs,” says the acclaimed Colombian author Héctor Abad Faciolince about him.

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