When your fate and your destiny are playing game of chess they never look at the board
In this life, you are either a player or a chess piece. To be a player, you need to take responsibility for your decisions. Will you help another one even if you are helpless yourself? Will you betray your friend to save his life? Once you enter the game, you must keep playing it. It doesn’t matter if you are too young, or cannot walk, or if you do not know the rules. Do not look at the board. Keep playing.
The “Chess” is the second book of Rubén David González Gallego. It was first published in Russian under the title “I am sitting on the shore.” In 2019 this book won the Best European Book (Fiction) at the first-ever European Chess Award Ceremony.
See the book on the Ruben’s website: https://www.rubengallego.page/books/chess
About the author
He is a Russian with a Spanish name. A child of the foreign exchange students was born in Moscow and diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy. The Soviet officials told his mother that he died, and took him away to the worst place imaginable.
Without the use of his hands and feet, he endured through the Soviet orphanage system. He was scheduled to die at the age of 15. However, the boy survived. He escaped. He lives.
His documentary confession novel “White on Black“ (Russian Booker Prize for 2003), translated into dozens of languages, created a sensation among the reading public, the circles of which diverge so far.