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The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa

The Feast of the Goat (2000)

by Mario Vargas Llosa

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The Feast of the Goat is a work of historical fiction that recounts the latter years of the Trujillo regime in the Dominican Republic. At times it reads more like non-fiction than fiction, and I often felt like I was reading a history book. Most of the characters are historical figures, including Trujillo and his assassins. The author took a lot of liberties describing their inner lives, and it was interesting to read his depictions of the thoughts and motivations of historical figures. (In the book, Trujillo was struggling quite a bit with his incontinence and impotence. Whether this is based on historical evidence I do not know.) That was really the odd thing about the book, everything was so historical, I didn't know what really happened and what didn't.

I am glad I read the book, although it was slow reading and dense. If you are interested in Dominican history, I would recommend it. Be warned that there are some very graphic descriptions of torture and abuse at the hands of the Trujillo regime. ( )
  klburnside | Aug 11, 2015 |
In a way that Latin American literature seems to excel at, this is at once gripping in its raw depiction of desperation and corruption, and obscene and disturbing. It's as if the author has decided 'you need to hear this' and the reader's sensibilities are not spared - just as the participants in this story of a successful (and failed) coup are not spared the author's castigation, or their torturers electrodes. What makes this no less disturbing is that, although fictionalised, the story is an almost perfect rendering of history, if anything so evil could be called 'perfect'. Set in the 1960's in the Dominican Republic the story is horribly contemporary. Recommended, but with the caveat that this is (great) literature, but not by any means entertainment. ( )
  nandadevi | Jul 22, 2015 |
Mario Vargas Llosa is a recipient of the Nobel prize for literature in 2010. This novel originally written in Spanish has been translated into English by Edith Grossman.

The novel is a historical novel with fictional elements to it. It tells the story of Rafael Trujillo, the dictator of The Dominican Republic, from 1930-1961. The novel highlights the final days of this regime starting a few days before Trujillo's assassination to six months later narrating the aftermath of the dictator's assassination.

It also tells the story of Urania, a fictional character who is the daughter of one of the dictator's minister.

This is a superb novel. The story is good and the writing is fantastic. A 5/5 star read. ( )
  mausergem | Apr 3, 2015 |
Mario Vargas Llosa ganó el Premio Nobel de Literatura en el 2010. Si busca leer una de sus mejores libros le recomendamos “La Fiesta del Chivo”. Esta obra es una extraordinaria ventana con vista a una de las dictaduras más largas y crueles que se han dado en la historia de Latinoamérica: la del General Rafael Trujillo en la Republica Dominicana. Mezclando personajes históricos e imaginarios y usando su genio narrativo, Vargas Llosa ha creado una novela histórica como ninguna otra.

Los hechos comienzan con la visita de Urania Cabral a la Republica Dominicana, su tierra natal, después de treinta y cinco años en el exilio en los Estados Unidos. La razón de su larga ausencia es lentamente revelada a través de dos narrativas que se desarrollan en los tiempos de la dictadura. Una de ellas sigue con detalle extraordinario los últimos días del dictador Trujillo describiendo la crueldad y los excesos que fueron característicos de su mandato. La otra narrativa sigue las acciones de un grupo de militares rebeldes que, después de treinta años de opresión y terror, planean asesinarlo.

A pesar de una excelente narrativa que trasporta al lector a la “Ciudad Trujillo” de los años sesenta, Vargas Llosa nos mantiene adivinando la triste razón del exilio de Urania. Cuando por fin se revela, la razón hace entender las repercusiones que una dictadura brutal, aun después de muchos años, puede tener sobre los que la han sobrevivido.--Ricardo Antoni
  BPLG | Jan 27, 2015 |
La historia de la fiesta del Chivo es un libro espectacular. Esta excelentemente narrado y sabe cruzar las historias que cuenta de manera magica y asombrosa, por un lado esta Urania Cabral y su regreso a Republica Dominicana, para enfrentar su pasado y las huellas que dejo en ella, de otro lado esta el General Trujillo en sus últimos días y muestra como dominaba el país y finalmente esta la historia de aquellos que lo lograron asesinar, sabiendo que existía una alta probabilidad de morir en el intento, pero sabiendo que este era un paso indispensable para que Santo Domingo dejara de ser Ciudad Trujillo. A través de esta historia [a:Mario Vargas Llosa|22515|Mario Vargas Llosa|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1394819964p2/22515.jpg] nos lleva a la triste historia de uno de los dictadores mas conocidos de Latinoamérica. ( )
  CaroPi | Jun 22, 2014 |
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Bensoussan, AlbertTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grossman, EdithTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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El pueblo celebra con gran entusiasmo la Fiesta del Chivo el treinta de mayo.
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Urania. Her parents had done her no favor; her name suggested a planet, a mineral, anything but the slender, fine-featured woman with burnished skin and large, dark, rather sad eyes who looked back at her from the mirror.
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Mario Vargas Llosa, a former candidate for the presidency of Peru, is better placed than most novelists to write about the machinations of Latin American politics. In The Feast of the Goat he offers a vivid re-creation of the Dominican Republic during the final days of General Rafael Trujillo's insidious and evil regime. Told from several viewpoints, the book has three distinctive, alternating strands. There is Urania Cabral, the daughter of Trujillo's disgraced secretary of state, who has returned to Santo Domingo after more than 30 years. Now a successful New York lawyer, Urania has never forgiven her aging and paralyzed father, Agustín, for literally sacrificing her to the carnal despot in the hope of regaining his political post. Flipping back to May of 1961, there is a group of assassins, all equally scarred by Trujillo, waiting to gun the Generalissimo down. Finally there is an astonishing portrait of Trujillo--the Goat--and his grotesque coterie. Llosa depicts Trujillo as a villain of Shakespearean proportions. He is a preening, macho dandy who equates his own virility with the nation's health. An admirer of Hitler "not for his ideas but for the way he wore a uniform" (fittingly he equips his secret police force with a fleet of black Volkswagen Beetles), Trujillo even has his own Himler in Colonel Abbes Garcia, a vicious torturer with a predilection for the occult.

As the novel edges toward Trujillo's inevitable murder, Urania's story gets a bit lost in the action; the remaining narratives however, are rarely short of mesmerizing. Trujillo's death unleashes a new order, but not the one expected by the conspirators. Enslaved by the soul of the dead chief, neither they nor the Trujillo family--who embark on a hideous spree of bloody reprisals--are able to fill the void. Llosa has them all skillfully outmaneuvered by the puppet-president Joaquín Belaguer, a former poet who is the very antithesis of the machismo Goat. Savage, touching, and bleakly funny, this compelling book gives an all too human face to one of Latin America's most destructive tyrants. --Travis Elborough, Amazon.co.uk

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Publisher description: It is 1961. The Dominican Republic languishes under economic sanctions the Catholic church spurs its clergy against the government from its highest ranks down, the country is arrested in bone-chilling fear. In The Feast of the Goat, Vargas Llosa unflinchingly tells the story of a regime's final days and the unsteady efforts of the men who would replace it. His narrative skates between the rituals of the hated dictator, Rafael Trujillo, in his daily routine, and the laying-in-wait of the assassins who will kill him their initial triumph and the shock of fear's release--and replacements. In the novel's final chapters we learn Urania Cabral's story, self-imposed exile whose father was Trujillo's cowardly Secretary of State. Drawn back to the country of her birth from 30 years after Trujillo's assassination, the widening scope of the dictator's cruelty finds expression in her story, and a rapt audience in her extended family. In The Feast of the Goat, Vargas Llosa weighs the burden of a corrupt and corruptive regime upon the people who live beneath it. This is a moving portrait of an unrepentant dictator and the unwilling citizens drawn into his orbit.… (more)

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