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"The Wasteland" was published as part of Alan Paton's collection "Tales from a Troubled Land." This collection was published in 1961.
In this very short story, a man gets off a bus and is mugged by a group of young men. He manages to hit one of them over the head with a large stick. He then hides under a truck.
The rest of the gang come panting up soon afterward. From their conversation, it soon becomes clear that the person the mugging victim hit over the head was his own son, Freddy. Freddy is dead, and his friends take his body and throw it in under the truck, next to his father.
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