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The End (original Spanish title: El fin) is a short story by Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, first published in La Nación in 1953. It was included in the 1956 edition of Ficciones, part two (Artifices).

"The End"
AuthorJorge Luis Borges
Original title"El fin"
Genre(s)Short story
Published inFicciones (2nd ed)
Media typePrint
Publication date1953
Published in English1962

Plot summaryEdit

"The End" is a response to the Argentine epic Martín Fierro, which Borges had discussed in a long essay published earlier that year.[1] In the story, a man who presumably has had a crippling stroke winds up half seeing and half hearing a definitive fight between a "negro" guitarist who has been dwelling in the man's store and a mysterious stranger who turns out to be Martin Fierro whom the negro has been waiting for. The story ends with Fierro's death at the hands of the negro.

Literary scholars debate on the interpretation that Fierro is a Christ-like figure. He himself has faced a myriad of trials and tribulations, and now has to face them.


  1. ^ Jorges Luis Borges. El Martín Fierro. Columba, Buenos Aires, 1953.