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The South (Borges story) Overview

“The South” is a short story by Jorge Luis Borges that was originally published in 1953. The story follows a man named Juan Dahlmann on an arduous journey to a ranch that he has inherited. Dahlmann, a patriotic Argentinian man despite his paternal Germanic blood, injures himself along the way, and he questions reality, death, and nationalism on his quest to reach his sanctuary. This story explores themes of identity, reality versus illusion, and glorification of violence.

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