His parents met at Lomonosov Moscow State University. Ruben was born in Moscow, Soviet Union, with severe cerebral palsy. When he was one year old, the officials sent him to a state orphanage. His mother was told that her son has died.
Being an orphan diagnosed with cerebral palsy, he spent his childhood and teenage years in orphanages for disabled children. His teachers remember him as a smart student. He had a unique memory and read the entire school library.
Ruben met the woman who would become his first wife. She had “smuggled” Gallego out of the institution so they can start new life together.
When he was 33 years old, he met his mother for the first time at a conscious age. He stayed with her in Spain. Then he started traveling around Europe and the world.
In 2002 Ruben wrote and published his first book — “White and Black“. The book was translated into 25 and won the Booker prize.
In 2005, he released another novel — “Chess”. The Russian edition title was “I am sitting on the shore“.
In 2007 Ruben has moved to USA. There he met a young Jewish fan and married her. They had daugter Sofia.
In 2014, a few years after their daughter was diagnosed with autism, they moved to Israel.
In 2018 Ruben wrote his third book — “Eternal Guest”.
«White on Black» is the winner of Russian Booker Prize in 2003
In 2011 nominated to Russian Booker of the Decade
“Chess” is the The 2019 Golden Pawn Awards Winner for the Best European Book
Dec 1, 2019. The first ever European Chess Award Ceremony in Hôtel De Paris, Monte Carlo, Monaco. Winner in the nomination - Best European Book (Fiction): “Chess” by Rubén David González Gallego.Read more