Review of Mario Vargas Llosa's The Feast of the Goat (La fiesta del chivo)
The Feast of the Goat is at its most absorbing when exploring the brutal mechanisms of this entrenched, dictatorial power; the result of three interlocking factors: Trujillo's diabolical charisma, his unquestioned control over every governmental and civilian office in the country, and the patterns of domination ingrained into the psychology of those around him. Repeatedly we are told of Trujillo's high-pitched, commanding voice, and of his eyes that hypnotize, making their victims feel penetrated, searched and exposed
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