Current Literary Affairs: Pilar Quintana

In the seventh episode of Current Literary Affairs, Gülden Imaz speaks with Colombian author Pilar Quintana. How to write about the complexities of motherhood, when it has been considered a feminine and therefore unliterary topic for such a long time? And why is the Colombian jungle in Quintana’s work so omnipresent?

Current Literary Affairs is a podcast by SLAA and Read My World. This podcast was realized thanks to Cultuurfonds and Productiehuis Noord, the media channel of ‘Verdedig Noord’.

In the seventh episode of Current Literary Affairs, Gülden Imaz speaks with Colombian author Pilar Quintana. How to write about the complexities of motherhood, when it has been considered a feminine and therefore unliterary topic for such a long time? And why is the Colombian jungle in Quintana’s work so omnipresent?

Pilar Quintana (1972) is a Colombian author. She rose to international fame with her fourth novel, The Bitch (La perra, 2017). Her last book is The Abyss (Los abismos, 2021), about a young girl in apartment filled with plants and a mother who didn’t really want her. This novel was awarded the Premio Alfaguara de Novela and was longlisted for the  National Book Award for Translated Literature.

Current Literary Affairs is a podcast about current events through the lens of literature, in which we engage in conversation with writers from all over the world. How do the political circumstances in their country of residence influence their life and work? What are the topics we really should be talking about? CLA brings urgent conversation about fear and hope, outrage and pride, the personal and the political.

Current Literary Affairs is a podcast by SLAA and Read My World. This podcast was realized thanks to Cultuurfonds and Productiehuis Noord, the media channel of ‘Verdedig Noord’.

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Presentation: Gülden Ilmaz
Editors: Maya Shamir en Lisanne Snelders
Technical producer: Kerem Özilhan
Logo: Astrid Martirossian

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Presentatie: Gülden Ilmaz
Redactie: Maya Shamir en Lisanne Snelders
Techniek en muziek: Kerem Özilhan
Logo: Astrid Martirossian