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Tevye the Dairyman and Motl the Cantor’s Son

Aleichem, Sholem, Miron, Dan, Shevrin, Aliza
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (Penguin Classics)
Published: May 28, 2009
ISBN: 9780143105602
320 pages

£9.99

Tevye is the compassionate, lovable, Bible-quoting dairyman from Anatevka, and Tevye the Dairyman is a heartwarming and poignant account of life in turn-of-the-century Russia. Through the workaday world of a rural dairyman, his grit, wit, and heart, his daughters’ courtships and marriages, and the eventual menace of the pogroms, Sholem Aleichem reveals the fabric of a now-vanished world. Motl is the clear-eyed, spirited, mischievous boy who narrates Motl the Cantor’s Son, a comic novel about his emigration with his family from Russia to America.

It is a journey that mirrors a larger exodus, telling the story of the disintegration of traditional Jewish life and the beginning of a new chapter of Jewish history in America.

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