My first post on this area of the forums... good timing vis-a-vis the upgrading of the O's presence in the Dominican, as I'm halfway through a great and classic novel by Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa, about the Trujillo dictatorship ending with his assassination in 1961: The Feast of the Goat.
I never knew much about the history of that country -- which Trujillo basically created (with US help) alongside the different cultural nation of Haiti. It's quite the eye-opener, at the same time all too familiar of the history of the region.
The narrator structure is similar to Marlon James's excellent Jamaican thriller about the killing of Bob Marley, A Brief History of Seven Killings, in following the assassins; but where James delves into a dozen or so characters and voices, this plot alternates between the assassins and their backstory, Trujillo and his (on his last day alive), and the daughter of a state official years later in New York.
My first exposure to Llosa and I'll be reading more; a true master. And after this I will have deeper appreciation for the culture and sad history of the homeland of many of our MLB stars, including hopefully a new batch of future Orioles.