White on Black

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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Product details

  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 132.1 x 198.1 x 17.8mm | 181.44g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 015603235X
  • 9780156032353
  • 2,194,675

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PRAISE FOR "WHITE ON BLACK"
"This book is today's "Gulag Archipelago", a plea to ordinary people not to close themselves off to the truth."--"The New York Times"
"Mr. Gallego's little book is deeply moving, his triumph a joy to read about."—"The Washington Times"
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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
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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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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. 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 literature and the worlds he finds in it. A book like no other.
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826 ratings
3.92 out of 5 stars
5 37% (304)
4 32% (264)
3 20% (167)
2 8% (70)
1 3% (21)
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