Longlist, National Book Awards 2023 for Translated Literature

ISBN 9781642861228
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Translator photo of Lisa Dillman. (Photo credit: April Hunt)
Lisa Dillman

Lisa Dillman lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she translates Spanish, Catalan, and Latin American writers and teaches in the department of Spanish and Portuguese at Emory University. More about this author >

Pilar Quintana

Pilar Quintana is a Colombian author whose previous novel, The Bitch, won an English PEN Translates award and was a Finalist for the National Book Award for Translated Literature. It also won the Colombian Biblioteca de Narrativa Prize, and was chosen as one of the most valuable objects to preserve for future generations in a marble time capsule in Bogotá.  More about this author >

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Claudia is an impressionable 8-year-old girl, trying to understand the world through the eyes of the adults around her. But her hardworking father hardly speaks a word, while her unhappy mother spends her days reading celebrity lifestyle magazines, tending to her enormous collection of plants, and filling Claudia’s head with stories about women who end their lives in tragic ways. Then an interloper arrives, disturbing the delicate balance of family life, and Claudia’s world starts falling apart. In this strikingly vivid portrait of Cali, Colombia, Claudia’s acute observations remind us that children are capable of discerning extremely complex realities even if they cannot fully understand them. In Abyss, Quintana leads us brilliantly into the lonely heart of the child we have all once been, driven by fear of abandonment.