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The most precious of cargoes
The most precious of cargoes
Grumberg, Jean-Claude, 1939-2020
Articles
Once upon a time in an enormous forest lived a woodcutter and his wife. The woodcutter is very poor and a war rages around them, making it difficult for them to put food on the table. Yet every night, his wife prays for a child. A Jewish father rides on a train holding twin babies. His wife no longer has enough milk to feed both children. In hopes of saving them both, he wraps his daughter in a shawl and throws her into the forest. While foraging for food, the woodcutter's wife finds a bundle, a baby girl wrapped in a shawl. Although she knows harbouring this baby could lead to her death, she takes the child home. Set against the horrors of the Holocaust and told with a fairy tale-like lyricism, 'The Most Precious of Cargoes' is a fable about family and redemption which reminds us that humanity can be found in the most inhumane of places.
Main title:
The most precious of cargoes / Jean-Claude Grumberg ; translated by Frank Wynne.
Author:
Imprint:
London : Picador, 2020.
Collation:
144 pages ; 22 cm
Notes:
Translated from the French.
ISBN:
9781529019568 (hbk)
Dewey class:
843.914
Language:
EnglishFrench
BRN:
2986495
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