Ruben Gallego White on Black

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White on Black

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This is an extraordinary personal testament, the story of one boy’s triumph in the face of impossible obstacles. Born with cerebral palsy in Moscow, Ruben Gallego was hidden away in Soviet state institutions by his maternal grandfather, the secretary general of the Spanish Communist Party in the 1960s. His was a boyhood spent in orphanages, hospitals, and old-age homes, a life of emotional deprivation and loss of human dignity.   And yet there is no self-pity here, no bitterness, only an unfailing regard for the truth. Gallego’s story is one of neglect and mistreatment but also of shared small pleasures, of courage, of the power of the human will, and of a child’s growing fascination with books and the worlds he finds in them.

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"White on Black demonstrates in no uncertain terms that this hero is alive and kicking." – Washington Post Book World

 

Born with cerebral palsy in Moscow, Ruben Gallego was hidden away in Soviet state institutions by his maternal grandfather, the secretary general of the Spanish Communist Party in the 1960s. His lost boyhood was spent in orphanages, hospitals, and old-age homes. And yet, he shows no self-pity here, no bitterness. Gallego has made his story one of small pleasures, of courage, of the power of the human will, and of a child's growing fascination with literature and the worlds he finds in it.

 

"A harrowing and graceful memoir." --Entertainment Weekly

"Heralded as a groundbreaking expose of the Soviet Union's abuse of the handicapped....The resulting narrative feels at once concentrated and universalized beyond specific individuals or nations." -- The New York Times

"Mr. Gallego's little book is deeply moving, his triumph a joy to read about."— The Washington Times

 

Ruben Gallego was separated from his family at the age of one. He was raised in a series of Soviet state institutions, and then worked as a computer specialist until 2000, when he was reunited with his mother. Gallego now lives in Freiburg, Germany.

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RUBEN GALLEGO was separated from his family at the age of one. He lived in Russia and worked as a computer specialist until 2000, when he was reunited with his mother. Gallego now lives in Freiburg, Germany.
 
Winner of the 2003 Russian Booker Prize

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