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Publisher's Summary

Winner of The Nobel Prize in Literature

In The Feast of the Goat, this 'masterpiece of Latin American and world literature, and one of the finest political novels ever written' (Bookforum), Mario Vargas Llosa recounts the end of a regime and the birth of a terrible democracy, giving voice to the historical Trujillo and the victims, both innocent and complicit, drawn into his deadly orbit.

Haunted all her life by feelings of terror and emptiness, 49-year-old Urania Cabral returns to her native Dominican Republic - and finds herself reliving the events of 1961, when the capital was still called Trujillo City and one old man terrorized a nation of three million. Rafael Trujillo, the depraved ailing dictator whom Dominicans call the Goat, controls his inner circle with a combination of violence and blackmail. In Trujillo's gaudy palace, treachery and cowardice have become a way of life. But Trujillo's grasp is slipping. There is a conspiracy against him, and a Machiavellian revolution already underway that will have bloody consequences of its own.

"A fierce, edgy and enthralling book ... Mr. Vargas Llosa has pushed the boundaries of the traditional historical novel, and in doing so has written a book of harrowing power and lasting resonance." (The New York Times)

A Macmillan Audio production from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

©2011 Mario Vargas Llosa (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

“[Vargas Llosa] is one of our greatest and most influential novelists. His new novel confirms his importance. In the world of fiction his continued exploration of the often-perilous intersection of politics and life has enriched 20th-century literature.... In The Feast of the Goat, Vargas Llosa paints a portrait that is darkly comic, poignant, admirable and horrifying all at once.” (Los Angeles Times

“The book brings readers to the precipice of terror and lets us look into the abyss of cruelty as it poses and answers the question: Why do people not oppose dictators?... He has by his body of work already secured a place as one of the monumental writers of our time.” (The Boston Globe

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Painful but Engrossing Masterwork

I could not stop listening to this painful but engrossing examination of the final days of Dominican Dictator Rafael Trujillo and the development and aftermath of the plot to assassinate him. I found it brilliant how Vargas Llosa unfolded the story through the perspective of multiple narrators. The voices doing this retelling are excellent!

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great book! the one you never forget.

wish I could listen to other books written by this genius writer. I'm really impressed.

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Book felt like theater

One of the best books on a part of history I sought insight on. The performances by those reading the book were as good as the story itself.

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This novel deserves the awards it's gotten.

Not familiar with Latin American literature, so, this is a great start. I'll have to see if more of the author's works have been translated into English, and recorded for this site. Not sure if this should be classified as fiction, or historical fiction, but, excellent book regardless.

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Evils of a dictatorship

Great story. struggled with keeping track of the numerous characters appearing in book. However, this is scarcely avoidable with a story of such panoramic scope
The quality of narration varies at times but is more than good overall. Glad that I made the effort and finished it.