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Author: Ruben Gallego
Homepage 9780719561375

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  • : $28.00(NZD)
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  • : February 2007
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Description

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.

Reviews

'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

Author description

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.