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|"The Man on the Threshold"|
|Author||Jorge Luis Borges|
|Original title||"El Hombre en el Umbral"|
|Published in||La Nación|
|Publication date||April 1952|
"The Man on the Threshold" (original Spanish title "El Hombre en el Umbral") is a short story by Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges. It was published in La Nación in April 1952 and added to 1952 edition of short story collection Aleph.
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