With Alisa Solomon, Columbia University
Drama critic and Jewish historian Alisa Solomon explains why Sholem Aleichem’s story of Tevye the milkman was reborn as blockbuster entertainment and became a cultural touchstone for people all over the world. Solomon’s captivating new book, Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof, describes the enduring story of a Broadway musical that speaks to our deepest conflicts and desires—fraying traditions, generational tension, the loss of roots—resonating with people across borders and time.
“An intellectually serious, playful and insightful account of popular art's power to shape memory and transmute history into universal myth, it is a soul-stirring joy to read."
– Tony Kushner, author of Angels in America