Rafael Trujillo, dictator of the Dominican Republic from 1930 till his assassination in 1961, continues to be seriously mythologized between Dominicans to at the present time. God and Trujillo, the 1st book-length research of works in regards to the Dominican dictator, seeks to give an explanation for how a few of these myths have been created by means of interpreting novels and testimonials approximately Trujillo from Dominican writers to canonical Latin American authors, together with Mario Vargas Llosa and Gabriel García Márquez.
Trujillo's quasi-mythological determine created a compelling corpus of literary works. Ignacio López-Calvo's learn deals a energetic research of 36 narrative texts. He analyzes the illustration of the dictator as a mythological determine, his legacy, the position of his doubles, his favourite courtiers and acolytes, and the function of ladies throughout the so-called period of Trujillo.
He additionally lines the evolution and importance of those narratives from a theoretical point of view that falls in the cultural stories framework. The research of the Dominican testimonio and the revealing of the Taino delusion within the "Trujillato narratives" are fairly cutting edge. additionally, he describes category antagonism and the demythification of the leftist militant within the Trujillato narratives. He additionally bargains an illuminating account of the Dominican left and of the anti-Trujillo resistance as contained in Dominican literature.