Pilar Quintana, author of Abyss, visits the UK, June 2023

Colombian author Pilar Quintana, shortlisted for the National Book Award for her novel The Bitch, will be in the UK in May and June to launch her new novel, Abyss, translated from the Spanish by Lisa Dillman.

Abyss has been praised by the TLS Abyss by Pilar Quintana | Book review | The TLS (the-tls.co.uk) and Publishers Weekly who write ‘…readers will be dazzled.’

Abyss is set in the city of Cali, and the story is told through the eyes of an eight-year-old girl. It’s a compelling read, about a child’s observations of her depressed mother, who reads celebrity magazines and is fixated on women who committed suicide.

Come and hear Pilar at these upcoming UK events!


British Library, 1 June, 7 pm New Colombian writing: Pilar Quintana and Velia Vidal

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Hay Festival Saturday 3 June, 4 pm

Pilar Quintana in conversation with Thea Lenarduzzi and Daniel Hahn:

Thea Lenarduzzi and Pilar Quintana in conversation with Daniel Hahn – Hay Festival

Abyss is also Hay’s book of the month – find out more here

Hay Festival Book of the Month – May 2023


Curious about Colombian writing?

Read Pilar’s Colombian novel recommendations here:

The Best Colombian Novels – Five Books Expert Recommendations