The story of Emil, the pig, who is allowed to live although its owner could definitely use a bit of bacon. Funny and moving, Hans Traxler?s book describes a world where men and animals are still close.
Old Martha has a hard life, alone on her Alpine farm. And she certainly does not keep Emil, the pig, for fun but for the food he will provide in winter. Yet however innocently Martha acts on the way to the slaughterer's Emil senses danger ahead. And Martha realises, of course, that something's wrong with Emil – that's to be expected after such a long acquaintance. At first, Martha is unsure, but when she sees the slaughterhouse, she suddenly knows that she will never, ever bring Emil there. And in the winter? Those who do good will have good returned to them – at least it works out that way in Martha's case.