Author: Mario Vargas Llosa
Translator(s): Edith Grossman
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0571218873
In this wise, brutal, compassionate novel about absolute power, Llosa eloquently explores the effects of power and violence on the lives of both the oppressors and those they victimized.
Urania Cabral, a New York lawyer, returns to the Dominican Republic after a lifelong self-imposed exile. Urania’s own story alternates with the powerful climax of dictator Rafael Trujillo’s reign.
In 1961, Trujillo’s decadent inner circle-which includes Urania’s soon-to-be-disgraced father-enjoys the luxuries of privilege while the rest of the nation lives in fear and deprivation. But after the murder of its hated dictator is carried out, the Dominican Republic is plunged into the nightmare of bloody and uncertain aftermath.
Now, thirty years later, Urania reveals how her own family was fatally wounded by the forces of history.
The Feast of the Goat will stand out as the great emblematic novel of Latin america’s twentieth century and removes One Hundred years of Solitude of that title.
–Times Literary Supplement