The Old Country Author:Sholom Aleichem These stories about the Old Country represent Sholom Alwichem at his best. They will make you laugh as you have never laughed before, yet they will touch you deeply, too. For Sholom Aleichem was a great writer and his fine juicy humor is permeated with a genuine and wise love of people. — Sholom Aleichem had the kind of genius that happens seld... more »om. He was the mind of his people, their heart, their wisdom, and about all their perfect idiom. Heinrich Heine, Dickens, and Mark Twain sahred the ink he used. Millions of copies of his works have been sold inthe original yiddish; his current sales in Russian, German and other translations are enormous. Yet practically none of his work has been translated into English and he is vertually unknown to most Americans. Here for the first time is a fine and true translation of an important part of Sholom Aleichem's work. In this book ou will find the gayest and tenderest stories, the cockeyed, preposterous tragic and lovable characters taht are immortal in world literature; Tevye, the eternal milkman; Menachem Mendel, the luckless marriage broker; the Enchanted Tailor, the Kasrilevkites and the rest.
The musical, Fiddler on the Roof, is based on these stories.« less