|by Jorge Luis Borges|
|Original title||La espera|
|Genre(s)||Mystery, thriller short story|
|Published in||La Nación|
|Publication date||27 August 1950|
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"The Wait" (original Spanish title: "La espera", sometimes translated as "The Waiting") is a 1950 short story by Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges. It was published in the collection The Aleph . David Foster Wallace referred to the story as "marvelous". 
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