'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
Urania Cabral, a New York lawyer, returns to the Dominican Republic after a lifelong self-imposed exile. Once she is back in her homeland, the elusive feeling of terror that has overshadowed her whole life suddenly takes shape. 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. As Trujillo clings to power, a plot to push the Dominican Republic into the future is being formed. But after the murder of its hated dictator, the Goat, is carried out, the Dominican Republic is plunged into the nightmare of a bloody and uncertain aftermath. Now, thirty years later, Urania reveals how her own family was fatally wounded by the forces of history. In The Feast of the Goat, Mario Vargas Llosa eloquently explores the effects of power and violence on the lives of both the oppressors and those they victimized.
Publisher: Faber & Faber ISBN: 9780571288625 Number of pages: 496 Weight: 385 g Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 28 mm Edition: Main
Mario Vargas Llosa
Born in Arequipa Peru’s second largest city in 1936, author, playwright, politician and essayist Mario Vargas Llosa is one of Latin America’s most prestigious and prolific writers. Vargas Llosa spent his childhood variously in in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and Piura - a city in the north of Peru - before moving to Lima as a young man. His university education coincided with the rise of the dictator Manuel Odría and his observation of that period influenced the early novels which brought him to public attention, including The Time of the Hero, The Green House and Conversation in the Cathedral. Often deeply personal, the influence of his own family life can be seen in novels such as Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter and In Praise of the Stepmother.
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