- Jorge Luis Borges (Critical Survey of Mystery & Detective Fiction, Revised Edition)
- Jorge Luis Borges (Cyclopedia of World Authors, Fourth Revised Edition)
- Jorge Luis Borges (Dictionary of World Biography: The 20th Century)
- Jorge Luis Borges (Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Second Revised Edition)
- Theory of Short Fiction (Critical Survey of Short Fiction, Second Revised Edition)
At a glance:
- Author: Jorge Luis Borges
- First Published: 1970
- Type of Plot: Mythological
- Time of Work: March, 1928
- Setting: The district of Junin, Argentina
- Characters: Baltasar Espinosa, The Gutre Family
- Genres: Short fiction, Mythological literature
- Subjects: Mythology or myths, Medicine, Floods, Ranches, ranchers, or ranching, Students or student life, Sacrifice
- Locales: Argentina, South America
Baltasar Espinosa, a medical student in Buenos Aires, is invited by his cousin Daniel to vacation at a ranch in the district of Junin in the final days of March, 1928. Gutre, who is the overseer of the premises, lives there with his son and a girl of questionable paternity. All three are notably primitive in appearance and in their ability to express themselves verbally. In that environment, Baltasar is to learn lessons about life that he has never before suspected.
A few days after arriving, Daniel must leave for the capital, but Baltasar chooses to stay behind...
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