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Title:
The Most Precious of Cargoes (MP3)
Written by:
Jean-Claude Grumberg 
Read by:
Allan Corduner 
Format:
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
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Duration:
1 hours 45 minutes 
MP3 size:
77 MB 
Published:
February 01 2021 
Available Date:
February 01 2021 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781529055542 
Genres:
Fiction; Contemporary Fiction 
Publisher:
Bolinda/Macmillan audio 
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Told 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. It is a tale that teaches us that even in the darkest, most violent times, there is reason to believe in people's capacity for kindness.

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.

‘A tale is the best way to talk about what is hard to believe and imagine.’
France Culture

‘In a few years, the witnesses of the Shoah, those who knew the camps and returned, will no longer be there to tell what happened ... To put into words what “negates all literature”, the writer and playwright Jean-Claude Grumberg has chosen the form of a tale.’
L’Obs