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Sunday, November 4

Washington Post The Feast of the Goat: "It is when Vargas Llosa deals with these matters -- the iron grasp of the dictator, as much psychological as physical; the supine collaboration of the best people; the courageous plot against him and its bungled aftermath; the administration of his sly, quiet, resourceful, cynical successor, Joaquin Balaguer, who 'transformed himself from a puppet president, a nonentity, into an authentic Head of State' -- that The Feast of the Goat is at its best; it is here that the book is not so much a novel as what William Styron called his own The Confessions of Nat Turner, 'a meditation on history.'" Jonathan Yardley reviews MVLl's latest novel translated into English.

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