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Sexual terror and leaking trousersThe Feast of the GoatMario Vargas LlosaFaber 1699 pp404His Excellency Generalissimo Dr Rafael L Trujillo Molina The Benefactor Father of the New Nation - The Goat - ruled the Dominican Republic with an iron will and an errant libido from 1930 until 1961 He admired Hitler not for his ideas but for the way he wore a uniform and presided over parades He brought affluence and security to the nation while torturing foes in secret prisons He managed his Ministers with a mixture of charisma violence and blackmail and slept with their wivesIn The Feast of the Goat Mario Vargas Llosa draws Trujillo as a Dickensian hyper-villain incontinent vituperative and capricious governed by his decaying body His regime is driven by uncontrollable emissions - outbursts of invective uncalled-for urination and premature ejaculation - which dictate the dictatorTrujillo lives in fear that his bladder will denounce him There it was the dark stain covered his fly and part of his right leg It must have been recent it was still damp his insensible bladder was still leaking A lashing rage shook him He could dominate men bring three million Dominicans to their knees but he could not control his bladderThe novel is rich in black comedy but its far from farcical Where Graham Greene might maintain a stylised detachment from Caribbean intrigue in The Comedians Vargas Llosa throws himself passionately into the story He weaves the novel around two unrelated events - Trujillos attempt to have sex with Urania Cabral the 14-year-old daughter of his Chief Minister and his assassination two weeks laterUrania is appalled by the Goats advances - under her terrified gaze he becomes impotent and furious and punishes her by deflowering her with his fingers She lives in self-imposed exile consumed by silent hatred for Trujillo and for her father on whom she blames the attempted rape Ive been trembling for 35 years ever since that moment she tells
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