The Other (short story)

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"The Other"
by Jorge Luis Borges
Original titleEl otro
Country Argentina
Language Spanish
Genre(s) Fantasy, short story
Published in The Book of Sand
PublisherImprenta de Francisco A. Colombo, Buenos Aires
Media typePrint
Publication date1972

"The Other" (original Spanish title: "El otro") is a 1972 short story by Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), collected in the anthology The Book of Sand (1975, English translation 1977).

Plot summary

A meeting between an older Borges and a younger Borges occurs in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In the dialogue that results, the young man refers to the novella The Double: A Petersburg Poem by Dostoevsky. While the younger man cites his romantic vision about a brotherhood of man, the older Borges reveals his doubt about the existence of a single man. Following incorrect information that the first provides, elder Borges concludes that it is a real episode for him, but a dream for the younger.

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