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In the gentle tone of a fable, Jean-Claude Grumberg’s The Most Precious of Cargoes tells the moving story of a woman who wanted a child, and a child who needed a home.
Once upon a time in an enormous forest, there lived a poor woodcutter and his wife.
Around them a war wages, and hunger is a constant companion. Yet every night, the woodcutter’s 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. She knows that this little girl will be hunted, but she cannot ignore this gift: she will accept the precious cargo, and raise her as her own.
Set against the horrors of the Holocaust and told with a fairytale-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.

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781529019568
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pub Date: 30/03/2021
  • Category: Fiction & related items / Historical fiction
  • Imprint: Picador
  • Pages: 144
  • Price: $29.99

In the gentle tone of a fable, Jean-Claude Grumberg’s The Most Precious of Cargoes tells the moving story of a woman who wanted a child, and a child who needed a home.
Once upon a time in an enormous forest, there lived a poor woodcutter and his wife.
Around them a war wages, and hunger is a constant companion. Yet every night, the woodcutter’s 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. She knows that this little girl will be hunted, but she cannot ignore this gift: she will accept the precious cargo, and raise her as her own.
Set against the horrors of the Holocaust and told with a fairytale-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.

Author Information

Jean-Claude Grumberg has been a renowned and successful playwright and scriptwriter for over forty years. He is the author of eight plays and stories for children, and has also worked as a director.

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