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Pilar Quintana and her translator Lisa Dillman hosted by English PEN

English PEN hosted a wonderful members’ event with National Book Award-nominated author Pilar Quintana, author of The Bitch, with her translator Lisa Dillman. If you missed the event you can read the transcript here – they take a deep dive into the background of the story, its setting on Colombia’s Pacific Coast reception in Colombia, issues of poverty, race, and the challenges of translation.

The Bitch was shortlisted for the National Book Awards 2020, and described by the Sunday Times as ‘a powerful and vivid book, built around a tragic core’.