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Jaime Despree (Author)
I was lucky enough to be born in the ancient city of Sigüenza (Spain) and spend my childhood playing in the atrium of its imposing cathedral and other local churches. Influenced by that solemnity from my adolescence, I wanted to be a “serious” writer. Family circumstances led me to Germany at the age of 18 in the 1960s. There I continued my training as a writer, but above all I identified with alternative and ecological political movements that came together in the insurrection of May 68. But at the same time, I wanted to acquire a solid linguistic education, which led me to reside in Paris, London, and Copenhagen. In the 80s, I returned to Spain (Barelona) where I founded the environmental newspaper “The Green Post.” With the experience gained as editor of this newspaper, I returned to Berlin as a correspondent for a popular magazine (Integral). From this experience came my essay “Ecology and civil society,” which was followed by “e-Democracy for Outraged” and “Vanity Moves History.”
Back in Spain, I settled in my hometown, where I began my career as a fiction writer with my novels “The Stranger.” A drama about immigration and “The War of Ines,” a historical novel based on the heroic death of a republican militia. At the end of this creative period, I wanted to get to know the United States, and I lived for some time in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and finally in New York, where I was a correspondent for my Spanish magazine at the United Nations. Before returning to Spain, I traveled with a camping car in the United States from coast to coast, along Route 66 and back through the southern and eastern states to NYC. On my return, I settled in Berlin, where I have continued my literary career with various essays and novels. “Nina and Nano” is the first translated into English. It is the story of two teenagers passionate about music who have to overcome the misunderstanding of adults to see their dreams come true.
What inspired you to author this book?
My personal adolescence experience and a period of my youth (during the Beatles madness) that is was part of an electric band.
Where did you get the inspiration for your book’s cover?
The joy of colors that is identified with adolescence.
Nano does not have the negative influence of family, so his dream of becoming a renowned classical guitar soloist will progress quickly, but Nina, who dreams of becoming a creative singer-songwriter, finds herself caught between the promiscuity of a divorced mother, who believes that she may break all the most basic moral standards, justifying in a short time what is the sexual and attractive life of a woman.
Nano, who entertains the evenings of a small local piano-bar with her guitar, will offer Nina the first opportunity to show her musical talent, and she composes a simple song that is enormously successful, although she owes it at least half the credit. the magníficos Nano arrangements.
But Nina is not prepared to assimilate her premature success and falls into the temptation allowing herself to be seduced by another attractive teenager (her first sexual experience) at a crazy beach party, with more alcohol than she should for such a young age.
As if her foolish act was not enough, Nina accidentally discovers that her mother leads her to pose for a pornographic magazine. It is too much, and according to Nano, who has been fired for neglecting his job because of Nina, they escape and live their lives far from the influence of adults.
The adventure will be brief, because they will be welcomed by Sofía, a widow, with her four children who, after listening to Nina, knows that she has a talent and will help her discover her creativity by inviting them to spend a few days in a quiet rural house among orange trees. Sofia will alert Niña’s parents, that thanks to the escape and the sincere regret of the mother, it reconciles them.