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The South (Artifices)

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Cuento "El Sur".
Published 1956
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
This is perhaps my favorite story from the Ficciones collection, as well as Borges’ himself. In the prologue to Artifices, Borges comments:
Of “The South,” which is perhaps my best story, let it suffice for me to suggest that it can be read as a direct narrative of novelistic events, and also in another way.
The main character is Juan Dahlmann, a mixture of German and Spanish ancestry, whose life is mundane but who dreams vaguely of a more romantic life, inspired by the Flores side of his heritage
Mateo R.

Menciones directas:
* Martín Fierro, de José Hernández.
* Las mil y una noches, anónimo.
* Pablo y Virginia, de Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre.

* Faverón Patriau afirma que este cuento está estrechamente ligado al relato "Ser polvo" de Santiago Dabove, con el cual comparte varios elementos (protagonista recibe tratamiento médico y llega al borde de la muerte, luego viaja al campo y se reencuentra con la tierra en una secuencia que probablemente constituye un sueño
Diana Enma
Oct 29, 2016 Diana Enma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tengo que admitir que la primera vez que lo leí no me gustó para nada, pero después de leer algo de literatura gauchesca y algunos ensayos de Borges, todo cambio *3*/
Jun 27, 2016 Claudia rated it liked it
I haven't quite enjoyed this short story. It appeared to me a tad too fantastic and lacking that clarity and especially that structure I like on all stories. You can have amazing fantastic stories but still well structured. Not my cup of tea. 3 stars is too much. 2.5 stars.
Ralph Ambrose
Jun 03, 2014 Ralph Ambrose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story, the duality of perceptions on reality was clever. I read this for one of my Latin American Literature classes in college.
Nov 23, 2014 Martina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Como ya dije en mi anterior reseña, todos los cuentos de Borges son excelentes, pero evidentemente algunos me gustan más que otros.
Sep 07, 2015 Ruth rated it really liked it
Initial reaction, surprise that I enjoyed it, as I had not all that much enjoyed the other two.

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On Paths Unknown: The South - with spoilers 6 11 Oct 09, 2015 06:35AM  
Jorge Francisco Isidoro Luis Borges Acevedo (Spanish pronunciation: [xoɾxe lwis boɾxes], Russian: Хорхе Луис Борхес) was an Argentine writer and poet born in Buenos Aires. In 1914, his family moved to Switzerland where he attended school and traveled to Spain. On his return to Argentina in 1921, Borges began publishing his poems and essays in Surrealist literary journals. He also worked as a libra ...more
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