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With 500 years of history behind it, how could Santo Domingo not be the setting of at least a few novels? And with much of that history filled with politico-social unrest, it is not surprising that this issue often finds its way into the pages of the books. "The Feast Of The Goat" is one of those.
Written by Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa, it is the English translation of "La Fiesta del Chivo," and is a novel surrounding the last year of the devastating 31-year reign of dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo, known derisively to Dominicans as the "Goat." Citing Latin American "traditions," (as he calls them) of machismo, abuse, and the shaming of children as ingredients in the formulation of cruel future despots, he creates a vivid and fearful picture of history's constant potential to repeat itself under such circumstances.
Another novel set in Santo Domingo, is "Holy War," pitting the typical sole American hero (CIA agent Claude Lefeur) against a lapsed South American priest and his group of terrorists, who have kidnapped and threaten to kill the American ambassador to the Dominican Republic. Enjoy the adventure, but be prepared for a surprise ending.
A nonfiction MUST READ for those interested in the controversial topic of Columbus' status as hero or despot, read "Columbus: The Original American Hero." This is not a book, but an essay written by Wade Frazier, on the topic of globalization. It is an eye-opener.