Of all the characters in modern Jewish fiction, the most beloved is Tevye, the compassionate, irrepressible, Bible-quoting dairyman from Anatevka, who has been immortalized in the writings of Sholem Aleichem and in acclaimed and award-winning theatrical and film adaptations.
And no Yiddish writer was more beloved than Tevye’s creator, Sholem Rabinovich (1859–1916), the “Jewish Mark Twain,” who wrote under the pen name of Sholem Aleichem. Beautifully translated by Hillel Halkin, here is Sholem Aleichem’s heartwarming and poignant account of Tevye and his daughters, together with the “Railroad Stories,” twenty-one tales that examine human nature and modernity as they are perceived by men and women riding the trains from shtetl to shtetl.
Table of Contents
Tevye the Dairyman Tevye Strikes It Rich Tevye blows a Small Fortune Today's Children Hodl Chava Shprintze Tevye Leaves for the Land of Israel Lekh-Lekho
The Railroad Stories To the Reader Competitors The Happiest Man in All Kodny Baranovich Station Eighteen from Pereshchepena The Man from Beunos Aires Elul The Slowpoke Express The Miracle of Hoshana Rabbah The Wedding that Came without Its Band The Tallis Koton A Game of Sixty-Six High School The Automatic Exemption It Doesn't Pay to Be Good Burned Out Hard Luck Fated for Misfortune Go Climb a Tree If You Don't Like It The Tenth Man Third Class
About Sholem Aleichem
Hillel Halkin is an award-winning translator and a writer whose most recent work is Across the Sabbath River: In Search of a Lost Tribe of Israel.
“This fresh translation is likely to serve as the indispensable Sholem Aleichem for some time to come.” —Cynthia Ozick
“The editor and translator have done brilliantly.” —Saul Bellow
“A body of work that is very much alive and that continues to dazzle us with its brilliance, wit, and humanity.” —Leonard Nimoy
Tevye the Dairyman and The Railroad Stories by Sholom Aleichem