The Feast of the Goat is a book of Mario Vargas Llosa that deals mainly with the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo in the Dominican Republic and his eventual assassination.The book is framed into three parts. In the first part, a woman named Urania Cabral arrives in the Dominican Republic after 35 years of absence for a flash visit to his ailing father, though it’s more of an excuse for her to exorcise some of the demons of her past linked with the dictatorship. The second part deals with Trujillo himself, detailing all the actions on his last day and his own inner demons. The third part deals with Trujillo’s murderers, waiting for him to fall in their ambush, remembering why they want to kill him in the first place; and later their attempts to evade capture of the dictator’s followers.
The Conspiracy: A heroic one: Antonio Imbert, the Turk, Antonio de la Maza, Amado García, Pupo Román, Pedro Livio, Huáscar Tejeda, Fifí Pastoriza, Modesto Díaz, Juan Tomas Díaz, Tunti Cáceres, Miguel Ángel Baez Díaz, and some others conspire to assassinate Trujullo
The Chessmaster: Joaquín Balaguer. The man started as a puppet of Trujillo, with no power whatsoever. After his murder, he calmly keeps things moving while he makes strong allies to avoid a possible coup. After a while, he effectively becomes the president, gaining admiration from other world leaders and expelling Trujillo’s family from the island to keep them away. In Real Life, he actually became president two more times, the third when he was over 90 and completely blind; not to mention that he ended becoming a dictator very much like Trujillo before him. Oh, and he was also aware of the assassination plot.
No Celebrities Were Harmed: Henry Chirinos is a thinly veiled reference to Enrique Chirinos Soto, a Peruvian Sleazy Politician that went through several parties and even abandoned Vargas Llosa's movement to join Fujimorism.
Semper Fi: Trujillo was trained by the marines. His trainer, Simon Gittleman becomes one of his supporters.
Shaggy Dog Story: It must have felt that way for most of the conspirators. They killed the dictator, waiting to see a transition to democracy; instead of that, Trujillo’s followers went on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against anyone even suspected of being anti-Trujillist. Most of them end up dead.
Then there's Urania's story or rather her father's actions. He's suddenly in Trujillo's black list and is suddenly losing power and his assets frozen. Some friends, and part of the book, say that Trujillo is just testing his loyalty as he tended to do at times. Cabral then serves up young Urania for Trujillo to bed in hopes of staying in favor with him. Turns out Trujillo, in spite of him not being able to get it up, was about to give everything back to Cabral he's then assassinated. Leaving Cabral quite poor AND a daughter who hates him.