Arriving a few days after the brutal coup of September 11, 1973 which claimed the life of democratically-elected Marxist-communist Salvador Allende (along with nearly 25% of the Chilean population within the first year of the takeover), 14-year old Lucho and his family relocate in West Berlin where he must adapt to a new culture and language.
The story takes us through an entire year during the formative stages of his adolescence. Along the way, he manages to go through teenage angst of girlfriends, fights, soccer (the title refers to the words Lucho yells at incoming forwards after quelling would-be attacks from his defensive position) and friends. He finally "wins" his first German friend in a very peculiar and symbolic manner.
Written through the eyes of a 14-year old, the story is replete with german misspellings and teenage "chileanismos." No Paso Nada demonstrates how adaptation to a new culture doesn't require forsaking mother-country roots. Thoroughly entertaining and politically astute.