The Colombian writer Pilar Quintana, explores the concepts of childhood and motherhood in her latest novel “Los abismos”. Winner of the prestigious Alfaguara Award This year, Quintana reflects on the complexity of embodying both the roles of mother and woman at a time when, according to her, gender roles weighed more than now.
“I felt cheated when I was a mother because I felt that they had not told me the story as you saw and the complete story, right? Motherhood is beautiful, yes, but we already know that because they do not tire of telling us, but it is not ready for women to talk about the challenges, the rages, the darkness of motherhood and for me it has become absolutely necessary, at least in my last two novels, to reflect on this issue “
Quintana also mentioned the importance of her son in her writing process, explaining that motherhood made her the writer she is today.
“I discovered that as my three-year-old son, I also saw my own mother only as a mother and not as a complex woman, no. So I think this book allowed me to reflect and look at my mother’s generation of women, not as a mother but as as complex women who had great challenges and very few privileges compared to those I had, so it allowed me to make my own concept of motherhood more complex “
Pilar Quintana is part of an emerging wave of Latin American writers who little by little are gaining more visibility.