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Author(s): Ruben Gallego

Biography & Memoir

When Ruben was born with severe cerebral palsy his grandfather banished him to an orphanage, telling his mother he was dead. Ruben's life was a series of freezing dormitories, rotting food and cruel carers. He was haunted by the rumour his mother had abandoned him. But the occasional kindnesses shown to him -- a fig, a mouthful of chocolate, a conversation -- fed his passion for life. Ruben was determined to escape the orphanages and seek out the truth about his mother. This is his heroic story.


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'A painful story of the handicapped abandoned in Soviet orphanages' -- Publishing News 20050812 'An exceptional testimony to the triumph of the human spirit' -- Evening Standard 'Extraordinary' -- Mail on Sunday 'Miraculous' -- Observer 'A triumph' -- Guardian 'Astonishing' -- The Times 'Groundbreaking' -- New York Times 'An incredible and moving autobiographical novel' -- Andrey Kurkov, New Statesman

Ruben Gallego was separated from his family at the age of one and raised in orphanages and old-age homes, unaware that his mother was still alive and his grandfather was a prominent member of the Spanish Communist Party. He worked as a computer specialist in Russia until 2000, when he was reunited with his mother in Prague. Gallego lives in Madrid.

General Fields

  • : 9780719561375
  • : murray
  • : murray
  • : February 2007
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ruben Gallego
  • : Paperback
  • : 362.19828360092
  • : 224