Small Change Essay

Yehudit Hendel
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Sanderson holds a master of fine arts degree in fiction writing and is an independent writer. In this essay, Sanderson examines Yehudit Hendel's story as a consideration of the multi-generational legacy left by the Holocaust.

Yehudit Hendel's Small Change, a harrowing tale of familial disintegration and the impact one generation can have on succeeding ones, presents pictures of mental disturbance so gripping that to find a grain of reality among all of the hallucinatory images might seem a daunting task. However, to read this work simply as a story of a dysfunctional father-daughter relationship that goes from bad to worse ignores the deeper implications of the layered images Hendel uses to tell her story.

As an example of such a limited reading, Gershon Shaked, in his introduction to Hendel's novella in the collection Six Israeli Novellas, erroneously and unfortunately states that what happens to Rutchen can be...

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