Readers’ Corner featuring The Feast of the Goat, by Mario Vargas Llosa


 The next regular meeting of TransAfrica’s Arthur R. Ashe, Jr. Foreign Policy Library Readers’ Corner will be held Sunday, October 6, 2013 2:30 to 4:30 PM, The Feast of the Goat, by Mario Vargas Llosa; Translated by Edith Grossman (2002, Macmillan: Picador, 416 pp.).

Venue: Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th Street, NW, Conference Room 2, Washington, DC 20001, (Nearest Metro Station: Shaw-Howard University on Green and Yellow Lines R Street Entrance).

The Feast of the Goat is now in stock at Teaching for Change Bookstore at Busboys and Poets (14 & V Streets, NW) and discounted 20%, both in the store and online.  The current selection of TransAfrica’s Readers’ Corner will always be discounted at the bookstore from now on.  In the bookstore, there is a pile on the table, with a sign indicating that it is the current selection of TransAfrica’s Readers' Corner - with the date and location of the meeting.  To buy the book online with the 20% discount visit: Paperback; eBook.

Publisher's Description: Haunted all her life by feelings of terror and emptiness, forty-nine-year-old Urania Cabral returns to her native Dominican Republic - and finds herself reliving the events of l961, 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. In 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.

About the Author:  Mario Vargas Llosa was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010 20“for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individual’s resistance, revolt, and defeat.” Peru’s foremost writer, he has been awarded the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world’s most distinguished literary honor, and the Jerusalem Prize. His many works include The Feast of the Goat, The Bad Girl, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, The War of the End of the World, and The Storyteller. He lives in London.

The Readers' Corner Schedule for 2012-2014

July 15, 2012Latin America at the Crossroads Domination, Crisis, Popular Movements & Political Alternatives, by Roberto Regalado (2006, Ocean Press)

October 7, 2012Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change From Hawaii to Iraq, by Stephen Kinzer (2007, Times Books, 416pp.)

December 2, 2012Toussaint Louverture: A Biography, by Madison Smartt Bell (2007, Pantheon Books, 352 pp.)

February 10 and March 2, 2013My Song: A Memoir, by Harry Belafonte with Michael Shnayerson (2011, Random House)

May 5, 2013Camwood at Crossroads, by Femi Euba (2001, Xlibris Press, 230 pp.)

July 14

, 2013 DATE CHANGED TO August 4, 2013Dark Princess, by W. E. B. Du Bois (1928, University of Mississippi Press [Originally Harcourt, Brace and World, Inc.], 312 pp.)

October 6, 2013The Feast of the Goat, by Mario Vargas Llosa; Translated by Edith Grossman (2002, Macmillan: Picador, 416 pp.)

December 8, 2013African Perspectives on Colonialism, by A. Adu-Boahen (1989, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 144pp.)

February 9 & March 2, 2014Dessa Rose, by Sherley Anne Williams (1986, 2010, HarperCollins, 256 pp.)

For more information:; 202.223.1960 ext. 137.