The Bitch

Pilar Quintana (Author) Lisa Dillman (Translator)
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LONGLISTED FOR 2020 THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN TRANSLATED LITERATURE

In Colombia's brutal jungle, childless Damaris develops an intense and ultimately doomed relationship with an orphaned puppy.

"The magic of this sparse novel is its ability to talk about many things, all of them important, while seemingly talking about something else entirely. What are those things? Violence, loneliness, resilience, cruelty. Quintana works wonders with her disillusioned, no-nonsense, powerful prose." Juan Gabriel V squez, author of The Sound of Things Falling

"The Bitch is a novel of true violence. Artist that she is, Pilar Quintana uncovers wounds we didn't know we had, shows us their beauty, and then throws a handful of salt into them." Yuri Herrera, author of Signs Preceding the End of the World

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.

Product Details

Price
$14.99  $13.79
Publisher
World Editions
Publish Date
August 04, 2020
Pages
128
Dimensions
4.9 X 0.6 X 7.9 inches | 0.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781642860597

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About the Author

PILAR QUINTANA is a Colombian author. She debuted with Cosquillas en la lengua in 2003, and published Coleccionistas de polvos raros in 2007, the same year the Hay Festival selected her as one of the most promising young authors of Latin America. Her latest novel, The Bitch, is 2020 National Book Awards Translated Literature Finalist, has won the prestigious Colombian Biblioteca de Narrativa Prize, and was selected for several Best Books of 2017 lists, as well as being chosen as one of the most valuable objects to preserve for future generations in a marble time capsule in Bogotá. The Bitch is the first of her works to be translated into English.

Reviews

"A searing psychological portrait of a troubled woman contending with her instinct to nurture is at the heart of Colombian writer Quintana's slim, potent English-language debut...The brutal scenes unfold quickly, with lean, stinging prose. Quintana's vivid novel about love, betrayal, and abandonment hits hard." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Quintana patiently explores [the] darkening mood...an intense story" --Kirkus Reviews

"Engrossing...The Bitch is a subtle, moving novel about a struggle to overcome loneliness in an eerie place, among memorable people and animals." --Foreword Reviews

"The Bitch by Colombian writer Pilar Quintana is a devastating portrayal of the aching, unbearable weight that can be felt from guilt, violence, the drive to nurture and the need for human connection." --Shelf Awareness

"Beautifully captures the eerie, wild setting near both the jungle and the ocean. The characters are unforgettable...This is a gorgeous heartbreak of a novel." --BookRiot

"Pilar Quintana's The Bitch is a taut, terse tale of guilt, shame, and frustrated desire. Quintana, selected as one of the illustrious Bogotá39 authors in 2007, has crafted a slim, yet powerful story sparse on the prose, yet heavy on the impact. With ample violence and brutality, The Bitch lays bare the precipitous emotional and existential toll compounding resentment and failed ambitions inevitably exact. Quintana foregoes literary flourish in favor of a direct, unequivocal style, making her new novel a tough, even tender take (despite the cruelty) on yearning, bitterness, regret, and grief." --Jeremy Garber, Powell's

"The magic of this sparse novel is its ability to talk about many things, all of them important, while seemingly talking about something else entirely. What are those things? Violence, loneliness, resilience, cruelty. Quintana works wonders with her disillusioned, no-nonsense, powerful prose." --Juan Gabriel Vásquez

"The Bitch is a novel of true violence. Artist that she is, Pilar Quintana uncovers wounds we didn't know we had, shows us their beauty, and then throws a handful of salt into them." --Yuri Herrera, author of Signs Preceding the End of the World

"Pilar Quintana weaves human nature and the chaos of the universe together with extraordinary mastery. This is a novel full of mysteries about unfulfilled desire, guilt, and the places where love still exists." --Gabriela Alemán, author of Poso Wells

"A raw yet beautiful story about maternity and the jungle." --Hay Festival

"The world of Damaris is heartbreakingly true, it's there, closer than we think, and yet remains invisible." --El País

"Pilar Quintana has created a psychological tale that sweeps and drags us like the waves of the sea." --El Tiempo

"To narrate the baroque jungle and American sea with such sobriety is a great triumph." --Semana

"The Bitch is far from simple in its brevity, communicating an inner universe that

"A searing psychological portrait of a troubled woman contending with her instinct to nurture is at the heart of Colombian writer Quintana's slim, potent English-language debut...The brutal scenes unfold quickly, with lean, stinging prose. Quintana's vivid novel about love, betrayal, and abandonment hits hard." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Quintana patiently explores [the] darkening mood...an intense story" --Kirkus Reviews

"Engrossing...The Bitch is a subtle, moving novel about a struggle to overcome loneliness in an eerie place, among memorable people and animals." --Foreword Reviews

"The Bitch by Colombian writer Pilar Quintana is a devastating portrayal of the aching, unbearable weight that can be felt from guilt, violence, the drive to nurture and the need for human connection." --Shelf Awareness

"Beautifully captures the eerie, wild setting near both the jungle and the ocean. The characters are unforgettable...This is a gorgeous heartbreak of a novel." --BookRiot

"Pilar Quintana's The Bitch is a taut, terse tale of guilt, shame, and frustrated desire. Quintana, selected as one of the illustrious Bogotá39 authors in 2007, has crafted a slim, yet powerful story sparse on the prose, yet heavy on the impact. With ample violence and brutality, The Bitch lays bare the precipitous emotional and existential toll compounding resentment and failed ambitions inevitably exact. Quintana foregoes literary flourish in favor of a direct, unequivocal style, making her new novel a tough, even tender take (despite the cruelty) on yearning, bitterness, regret, and grief." --Jeremy Garber, Powell's

"The magic of this sparse novel is its ability to talk about many things, all of them important, while seemingly talking about something else entirely. What are those things? Violence, loneliness, resilience, cruelty. Quintana works wonders with her disillusioned, no-nonsense, powerful prose." --Juan Gabriel Vásquez

"The Bitch is a novel of true violence. Artist that she is, Pilar Quintana uncovers wounds we didn't know we had, shows us their beauty, and then throws a handful of salt into them." --Yuri Herrera, author of Signs Preceding the End of the World

"Pilar Quintana weaves human nature and the chaos of the universe together with extraordinary mastery. This is a novel full of mysteries about unfulfilled desire, guilt, and the places where love still exists." --Gabriela Alemán, author of Poso Wells

"A raw yet beautiful story about maternity and the jungle." --Hay Festival

"The world of Damaris is heartbreakingly true, it's there, closer than we think, and yet remains invisible." --El País

"Pilar Quintana has created a psychological tale that sweeps and drags us like the waves of the sea." --El Tiempo

"To narrate the baroque jungle and American sea with such sobriety is a great triumph." --Semana

"The Bitch is far from simple in its brevity, communicating an inner universe that readers can easily identify with, by having experienced similar circumstances, reliving childhood, or relating to the portrayal of the landscape and those who inhabit it. This novel is a little gem that reminds me, in its intensity and fluidity, of, The Old Man and the Sea by Hemingway, or The Pearl by Steinbeck." --El Nuevo Día

"A profound and moving drama about life and destiny." --WMagazín

"A tale narrated with skill and a steady hand." --El Espectador

"Set in Colombia's Pacific coast, The Bitch is a novel that holds the controlled and natural perfection in the narration until the very end." --World Translations Review

"This is a book suffused with privation, in which the jungle is made everyday rather than exoticized, and it's exponentially more powerful for that. Each of its 155 pages--and its unflinching ending--are focused on showing us how Damaris's life is inexorably stripped down to its bare nerves; language isn't in service of aesthetics here, but of a surgically precise excavation of a life at a point of extremis." Bookmunch