In Desperandum vind je zeven korte verhalen. Verhalen die verbonden zijn door een gevoel dat elk mens op een bepaald moment meegemaakt heeft: wanhoop. 

Ontmoet de verschillende personages die je zullen doen huiveren, huilen of boos maken, en ontdek dat aan elk verhaal ten minste twee kanten zitten...




In Desperandum, you will find seven short stories. Stories that are connected by a feeling every human being has experienced in a certain point in their life: desperation.

Get to know the different characters that will make you shiver, cry or get mad, and discover that there's at least two sides to every story...

Deel hieronder wat je van Desperandum vindt!                                                       Below, share your thoughts on Desperandum!

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23 days ago

Desperandum is het magnum opus der korte verhalen. Het geeft een inzicht in het psyche van hen die de maatschappij het liefste wegstopt in een diep duister hol om nooit meer van te vernemen. Deze bundel is geschreven voor hen die weleens in een diep dal heeft gezeten waarin gedachten zich als een wilde rivier manifesteren.

Desperandum is een spiegel die we ons allen eens moeten voorhouden. Er schuilt meer achter een mens dan men denk. De persoon die met een lege blik verdwaald over het kerkplein de duiven loopt te voeren, wat schuilt daarachter? De persoon die altijd schichtig om zich heen loopt te kijkenen in elke kamer MOET weten waar alle uitgangen zijn, wat heeft die te verbergen? Als dit vragen zijn die je jezelf stelt, en je hunkert naar antwoorden: BESTEL EN LEES DESPERANDUM.

M. Khalaf
25 days ago

Pia is an excellent writer and deep thinker. Her short stories reflect perspectives often not thought about or even considered. They range everything from the perspective of an innocent child interpretting her world around her to racism and what drives that racism and hatred onward. Her stories are always uniquely written to help the reader think more deeply about both the story, and life in general. In each story, i can relate to or be reminded of, something personally. It helps me think of my own experiences outside the box. After all, there are always two sides to every story. Its amazing how much Pia can say in such few words in each story. Although each story is short, they each have deep meanings. I highly recommend people to read her book. Im looking forward to future books

a month ago

A musician once said that music should be scary, i.e. it should make you feel and question things, but also make you realize that you're not as big as you think and that (in the end) you don't know everything. 

Desperandum reminded me of those words. The stories - which the author wrote in such slick way that you'll just flow through them (even though each one will make you put the book down for a minute for everything to sink in) - are scary. Scary because they'll make you wonder about people's actions, and grasp the fact that we can't just write off or declare individuals mad without knowing their trail of thoughts and inner fears.

Some of the stories are quite shocking (Daddy's Heart, Discovery), while some will make women and girls shiver, for the tale is unfortunately too well known (Always Alone). 

Being a fan of short stories, for I can read one at a time, when I find some free time, I've read this book in a blink of an eye. Never the less, it's not an easy read. It left a bitter taste in my mouth and made me (re)think (about) lots of things. As any good and scary work of art ought to.

Rating: 4.3 stars
10 votes