Wandering Stars (novel)
Wandering Stars (Yiddish: Blonzhende Stern or Blundzhende Shtern) is a novel by Sholem Aleichem, serialized in Warsaw newspapers from 1909 to 1911. In it, Leibel, the son of a wealthy shtetl family, falls in love with cantor's daughter Reizel, and both fall for a traveling Yiddish theatre group. Separating and becoming successful performers in the West, under the names of Leo Rafalesco and Rosa Spivak, they eventually find each other again in America.
|Original title||Blondzhende stern|
Two English translations of the novel exist: a 1952 abridged version by Frances Butwin (Wandering Star), and a 2009 unabridged version by Aliza Shevrin (with a foreword by Tony Kushner).
The Yiddish theatre of Israel, Yiddishpiel adapted a musical-stage production based on the novel, with book by Aya Kaplan and Joshua Sobol and direction by Aya Kaplan. The production opened in January 2016 and closed by March 2016.
- Kirsch, Adam (February 8, 2009). "Second Fiddle". Tablet Magazine.
- Selected works of Sholem-Aleykhem, Volume 2. J. Simon, Pangloss Press. 1994.
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