Húmus by Raul Brandão

Rating: ** (2 out of 5)

Review: “Húmus” is a monologue / diary about the emptiness of life, the misery of the human condition, and the grotesqueness of the hidden lives everyone leads.

This was the first book I read by Portuguese writer Raul Brandão. As a classic, it would have benefited from some kind of introduction or background – as it was, without a context, I had a harder time getting into it.

It was very well written, with a few beautiful passages, but I found it rather repetitive and self-pitying. Not really my cup of tea.


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