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The Yard of Momo the Great [The Last Hamsin]

Yehudit Hendel
Shaul, a bachelor in his 30s, moves to a new home and in six hot summer weeks his world unravels. Alone in the country, shut inside his past horrors, Shaul is unable to steer his own life. He has an affair with Tamara but becomes obsessed with her husband.
Hendel’s basic premise is that a person alone cannot piece together the broken shards of his or her personality. Driven by memories and homesickness, Shaul needs male friendship to recover his life. Crushed by guilt over her daughter's death, Tamara is unfocused, more concerned with her doll collection than with her husband or lover. She fails to notice as the identities of the two blur, progressing to the point where it is unclear which one has spoken. Slowly and inexorably, the three move towards psychological disintegration and a violent ending.


I discovered an outstanding psychological novel. 
Critic Dan Miron 

 A gem... With her fantastic realism, which combines restraint with restlessness, Hendel writes about people who live carelessly yet try to hold onto life.
Critic Menahem Perry

Hendel's anti-heroes are astonishing.. in their psychological complexity.
Yedioth Ahronoth


Hendel The Last Hamsin
Title The Yard of Momo the Great
Author’s Last Name Hendel
Author's First Name Yehudit
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Am Oved
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1969
Publisher 2 (Hebrew) new ed. as The Last Hamsin, Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah
Year of Publication 2 (Hebrew) 1993
No. Pages 220 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) He-Chatzer Shel Momo Ha-Gdola; Ha-Hamsin Ha-Acharon, O: He-Chatzer Shel Momo Ha-Gdola
Representation Represented by ITHL

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