Paperback The most precious of cargoes : a tale / Jean-Claude Grumberg ; translated from the French by Frank Wynne.
Publication year: 2021
Publisher: London : Picador,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9781529019582 (pbk.) :
This translation originally published: New York: HarperVia, 2020.
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.
Original title: Plus précieuse des marchandise. English
104 pages ; 20 cm