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Bianco su nero

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Mosca, 20 settembre 1968. Rubén nasce affetto da paralisi cerebrale: le facoltà intellettuali sono intatte, ma non può muovere gli arti, salvo due dita. Dopo poco più di un anno sarà separato dalla madre e rinchiuso negli speciali orfanotrofi in cui vengono isolati, e sottratti allo sguardo, quelli come lui, considerati impresentabili da una società che esalta il mito dell’ ...more
Paperback, Gli Adelphi, 193 pages
Published 2008 by Adelphi (first published January 1st 2002)
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سماح عطية
ضعيفةٌ أنا أمَامَهم؛ ضعيفةٌ جدًا.
فـ كيف إذا وقد ذاقـوا قسـوة الظلم !
كيف وقد تماهَـت -إلى حدٍ ما- صورة روسيا الشيوعية التي يتحدّث عنها
مع وطني بـ أيّـامي هذه وما قبلها بأعمار !
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Мне случайно в руки попалась эта книга, когда я прогуливалась по буквоеду, в ожидании пока мой спутник выберет себе свою. Меня зацепило, что автор испанец, который вырос в России. Один из этих, детей испанских коммунистов, подумала я. А т.к. про них мне ничего не было известно (кроме фильма легенда 17), то я решила прочитать. И вчера, начав читать я с трудом оторвалась, чтобы лечь спать. А сегодня дочитала и все на одном дыхании.

Она о России, о привычной нам жизни, где всем тяжело, но все жалеют
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Sono un eroe. È facile essere un eroe. Se non hai le braccia o le gambe, o sei un eroe o sei morto. Se non hai i genitori, fa' affidamento su braccia e gambe. E sii un eroe. Se non hai né le braccia né le gambe e hai anche pensato bene di restare solo al mondo, è fatta. Sei condannato a essere un eroe sino alla fine dei tuoi giorni. Io sono un eroe, non ho altra scelta.
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Вся обрыдалась, но оторваться не могла. Прочла на одном дыхании
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
[Qui la prefazione, perché l'autore parla meglio di me, ed io non ho tempo.]
Capita che mi chiedano se quel che scrivo è successo davvero. Se i protagonisti dei miei racconti sono reali.
Rispondo che sì, sono cose vere, personaggi reali; più che reali. Certo, i miei personaggi sono prototipi collettivi dell'infinito caleidoscopio dei miei infiniti orfanotrofi. Ma quel che scrivo è la verità.
L’unica particolarità della mia opera che si discosta, e talvolta contraddice la realtà autentica, è la vi
Aug 18, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booker, russian
Falls squarely into the "misery lit" niche.
I do admire the author's courage & empathise with his misfortunes (disclosure: I'm disabled myself), but as a piece of writing, the book is calculated and manipulative. The sentences have to be short & descriptive to work like punches in the gut. It's easy to assault the reader with "the truth of life" in that way, never allowing him to come to his senses.

The ultimate dirty trick is writing "I'm retarded" when the reader's fully aware that you'
Feb 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating account of institutional life in Russia, narrated by a young, non ambulatory boy with cerebral palsy. Abandoned by his family, he spent his childhood in various government institutional homes, with rules and hierarchies in a world of their own. This is a tragedy but with humor and hope, and an amazing story of survival and humanity. A world where black is life and white is hopelessness.
I admire the author for having typed this memoir with the index finger of his left hand. The content, is, of course, very moving and powerful. I am a little confused as to the style of the book. The narrative jumps around a lot from past to present, which does not make it difficult to understand, it only leaves the reader wanting more details. Many life-changing issues and events are discussed by using just a few choice words and phrases. Perhaps that is the author's style, and he doesn't want t ...more
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is truly a stunning tale. Abandoned with cerebral palsy, and left to grow up in children homes scattered across Russia, Ruben Gallego's tale has been one of the most enduring stories I have ever read. This personal statement will really touch you, and show you just how truly blessed some people are, and some are not. The only complaint that I have to offer, is that the biography itself did not really have a developing storyline showing Ruben's growth into manhood and his travels to America ...more
Aug 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This slim memoir packs a whollop. Born the granndson of a Spanish Communist leader, he spent his childhood as an orpahn being shuttled between a variety of children's and old age homes in Russia.. His mother, a student,thought that he had died. How Ruben survived such a childhood of cruelty and neglect and deprivation is incredible. Born with cerebral palsy, he crawls his way outside and to the bathroom. He can only use a few fingers of one hand, yet he grows up, marries, has children and finall ...more
Dec 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Terrifying, brutal and brilliant document of survival. One of the most visceral testaments to the power of maintaining one's dignity and humanity in the face of hell all done without a drop of sentimentality.
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poignant book! I wonder of he could ever get over the traumas of his childhood or his current disabilities....great honesty and tenderness about his friendships with the other boys in the home. Interesting russian " compassion" vs american and the cultural prejudices too.
Juwairia Adely
یالها من روایة مؤلمة تغرق معها في اعماق السواد (اللون الذي يحبه الكاتب) إلا لأنك ترى شعاع نور بالابيض (اللون الذي يكرهه) فتتمسك بالأمل ، بالحيا ...
Дуже важка книжка, але цікава. З мінусів - ламаний сюжет, іноді незрозумілі переходи автора на інші періоди життя головного героя.
Каждый смотрит на мир теми глазами, какие ему достались при рождении. Казалось бы, механизм зрительного аппарата у людей одинаковый, но все почему-то смотрят и понимают вокруг них происходящее порою с противоположных точек. Потому и не сходятся человеческие представления о должном быть, так как всем требуется лично проявлять заботу о себе и не ждать того от других. Хорошо, если человек здоров физически и духовно, тогда он не замечает страданий. Плохо, если человек будет сломан физически, а ещё х ...more
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: society, biography
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اقتنيتُ هذه الرواية "بالأبيض على الأسود"، على أنها رواية، و كذلك، لم تكن. ما جعلني محبطة بعد القراءة. لأني لم أكن أعلم و أنا أقرأ أنها ليست رواية، بالرغم من أن هذا كان قد اتضح لي أثناء ما كنت أقرأ. غير أنه كان مجرد اتضاح أو تخمين من طرفي، لم ألقي له بالاً. لكن، حينما أنهيت القراءة و أتممتها، علمتُ بكل تأكيد أن هذه ليست رواية، و إنما مذكرات إن صح التعبير. مذكرات للكاتب، عن حياته، كيف عاشها، كيف وصل إلى ما وصل إليه من كتابة هذه رواية. على هذا، فإن هذا الكتاب يصنف ضمن السير الذاتية، لا ضمن الروايات ...more
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Io scrivo del bene, scrivo di vittorie, gioie e amore.

Fino a qualche giorno fa non avevo idea di chi fosse Rubén Gallego. Mi sono incuriosita quando ho letto qualche citazione su Goodreads. Rubén Gallego è uno spagnolo, cresciuto negli orfanotrofi dell'Unione Sovietica, affetto da paralisi cerebrale, non può usare gambe e braccia, ma solo l'indice della mano sinistra. Bianco su nero, più che un'autobiografia, è una raccolta di bozzetti di ispirazione autobiografica. Come dice l'autore nell'intro
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
L'incontro con questo libro è stato magico perché casuale: prima dell'acquisto nessuno me ne aveva mai parlato, in generale mai lo avevo sentito nominare, e insomma lo acquistai senza un perché, senza neanche cercare una qualche informazione al riguardo. Una cosa che, sostanzialmente, non mi accade mai. Mai, escluso con Bianco su nero, appunto. Perché? Boh, non saprei spiegarlo. Però è successo.
Non è un libro semplice da definire e probabilmente parlare di ''autobiografia'' sarebbe, in questo ca
Anastassia Dyubkova
Всё же читать критические статьи и рецензии перед знакомством с новой книгой - это плохая идея, потому что, оказывается, критические статьи и рецензии имеют свойство наделять читателя ложными ожиданиями в отношении литературного произведения.
Вот маленькая книжка Гальего. Кому пришло в голову сказать, что она смешная? Над чем в ней смеяться - над инвалидами, над тем, как плохо с ними обращаются в государственных учреждениях, или над тем, что все в итоге умерли? (Ну ладно, не все. Но многие) Тут е
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
سيرة ذاتية جميلة ومحزنة يحكي فيه الكاتب جوانب من سيرة حياته وقصة كفاحة للبقاء حياً .. فقد أصُيب روبين في صغره بشلل الأطفال الدماغي مع إعاقة في أطرافه .. عاش في دار للأطفال بدون أن يكون له والدن أو أقرباء تشعر وأن تقرأ سيرته بسخافة معاناتك مقارنة بحياته التي كانت كلها معاناة تتخللها بعض اللحظات الجميلة يقول روبين في بداية كتابه عبارة مؤثرة جداً :

" أنا بطل .. من السهل أن تكون بطلاً .. إذا لم يكن لديك يدان ولا رجلان -أنت بطل أو ميت .. إذا لم يكن لك والدان اعتمد على يديك ورجليك وكن بطلا.. إذا لم يك
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
بالمتل الدارج بقولو مكره أخاك لا بطل .... والكاتب يقول إنه بطل ....ولكن للحقيقة لم أرَ ذلك ....قد يكون حكما مجحفا وحياته وفق ظروفه صعبة ولكن لو كان مقال أو فلم فالأمر محتمل ولكن كتاب؟!! هو ما أضاف لي أكثر من أن الشوشبرك في روسيا تُطبخ بالماء!!
لو كان لدي دار لرعاية الأطفال أتمنى لو استطعت تعليمهم عدم استغلال وضعهم للضغط العاطفي على من حولهم ...العزة والاعتماد على النفس حتى لو كانت دموعهم تنهمر .... يؤلمني أن أمر في الطريق وأجد أطفال وكبار يتضرعوون بجمل حفظوها عن ظهر قلب لو تفكر فيها المرء لما قال
Ina Reeve
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an amazing book!
Set in Soviet Union and written by Ruben Gonzalez Gallego., it is a memoire of his childhood in Soviet orphanage, he is separated from his mother, who was forced to leave him after she was told her child was invalid.
سلمى Selma Mohaimeed
الغلبة للون الأسود !
Simona Bartolotta
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Non so cosa dire. Non credo si possa dire qualcosa.
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A essere sincera, non sapevo nulla di questo libro quando l'ho preso. Ero a Modena, c'erano le bancarelle in piazza, e mi aveva colpito il fatto che fosse un Adelphi, che fosse blu coem il mare, e che fosse protetto con una pellicola di plastica trasparente - ottima scelta, per una bancarella di libri all'aperto.

Quello che ho trovato tra queste pagine, qualche giorno dopo, mi ha lasciato senza fiato. Non lo definirei un vero romanzo, quanto piuttosto una raccolta di momenti, un diario scritto a
I think I was confused when I bought this book.
Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Книга из разряда душещипательных (авто-)биографий, которые пишут чтобы заработать. Таким образом обида - предмет невещественный и неосязаемый - превращается в 15-минутную славу (так же известную как скандал) и какие-никакие осязаемые деньги. За книгу стыдно, литературное качество в ней никакое.
Однако же тема - её необходимо раскрыть, её необходимо донести до всех, можно жестоко или просто честно, но чтобы у всех в горле комок стоял, нужно! Но автор это делает как-то жалостливо, не по-врослому, н
Hanna Rudakouskaya
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hanna by: Paval Lubiecki
Shelves: autobiography
For me. the book was very hard to read. I understand that it's just the truth, but all I wish is to see the author and ask him questions, more and more questions on how could he survive, came to success. Where did he take strength to live? He doesn't tell it in the book. The book is just a set of sad and even evil stories with deeply mind affecting effect.

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Ну, а для посвященных в организованную свыше тайну – особого напряга тоже нет. Ну – умер. Умер – шмумер. Лишь бы был здоро
Ferran Cerdans Serra
Vaig començar a llegir aquest llibre just en iniciar un període de pràctiques amb persones amb problemes mentals, sense saber que aquest era el tema, i ha estat tota una revelació. És un testimoni biogràfic que fa prendre consciència de tot un món que és dins del nostre però ocult, al que tantes vegades donem l'esquena. Si mai creus que has tingut mala sort amb la teva vida, llegint aquest llibre segurament canviaràs d'opinió. L'estil és molt directe i senzill, molt net. El desaré a la secció de ...more
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Ruben Gonzalez Gallego

Рубен Давид Гонсалес Гальего (исп. Rubén David González Gallego, род. 20 сентября 1968, Москва, СССР) — писатель и журналист. В настоящее время живёт в США.
Широко известен как автор автобиографического произведения «Белое на чёрном», удостоенного в 2003 году литературной премии «Букер — Открытая Россия» за лучший роман на русском языке.

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