Wandering Stars (novel)

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Wandering Stars
Wandering Stars.jpg
Author Sholem Aleichem
Original title Blondzhende stern
Language Yiddish
Subject Yiddish theatre
Genre Picaresque novel[1]
Publication date

Wandering Stars (Yiddish: Blonzhende Stern or Blundzhende Shtern) is a novel by Sholem Aleichem, serialized in Warsaw newspapers from 1909 to 1911.[2] 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.

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).


  1. ^ Kirsch, Adam (February 8, 2009). "Second Fiddle". Tablet Magazine. 
  2. ^ Selected works of Sholem-Aleykhem, Volume 2. J. Simon, Pangloss Press. 1994.