Nina Melero is a Spanish writer based in Southeast Asia.
She currently coordinates the Spanish Department at the National University of Singapore.
Her first book, Tenebrario (Alhulia, 2009), a collection of short stories exploring the concept of ‘the uncanny’, was acclaimed by critics as ‘the first good and honest book of the year’ (El Placer de la Lectura, 2009).
Her second book, the novel Ella y el faro (Nazarí, 2020), was shortlisted for the National Literary Prize Nadal 2016.
Nina Melero received the 2011 UNESCO-Aschberg Bursary for writers, and was a fellow at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation (Umbria) that same year. She was also invited to participate as a resident writer in the International Writers Residency Programme at Ledig House Centre (New York, 2012).
Tenebrario: twelve shivers and a nightmare is a collection of short stories in which the inexplicable penetrates everyday life, altering it irreversibly and giving it a new meaning.
The texture of nightmares, the impossibility of truly knowing oneself or the fear of fear itself are some of the topics explored in this book, based on the certainty that we can only see who we really are in the deforming mirror of the fantastic.
They say that it is easier to forgive the dead than to tolerate the living. That might be true. What is certain is that everything becomes complicated when there ceases to be a clear difference between the two.
She knows this. And yet, in spite of this, she decides to return to the lighthouse.
Its blackish mass of ruins remains standing, though the villagers try not to get too close; everyone was raised on stories of sunken villages, lost souls and mysterious shipwrecks. It is easy to become obsessed, but she isn’t about to let herself be swept up in the tide: rather, she plans to cling tightly to the ropes, to the good that may be in that lighthouse and to the memory of her father.
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