"A Handful of Dust" is a novel by Evelyn Waugh, first published in 1934. The novel is a satirical portrayal of the British upper class and follows the story of Tony Last, a wealthy Englishman living in the country with his wife, Brenda. When Brenda leaves Tony for another man, he becomes obsessed with proving that their love was real and sets out on a journey through the Amazon rainforest to find her. Along the way, he encounters a variety of colorful and absurd characters, including a British expat living in the jungle and a tribe of indigenous people. The novel is known for its wit and humor, and its portrayal of the decadence and emptiness of the British aristocracy. It is considered a classic of modern literature and has been widely praised for its satirical portrayal of society.