The Writing of the God

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"The Writing of the God"
Author Jorge Luis Borges
Original title "La escritura del dios"
Country Argentina
Language Spanish
Genre(s) Fantasy, short story
Published in Sur
Media type Print
Publication date February 1949

"The Writing of the God" (original Spanish title: "La escritura del dios") is a short story by Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges. It was published in Sur in February 1949, and later reprinted in the collection The Aleph.

Plot summary[edit]

The story is about a Mayan priest named Tzinacán, who is tortured by Pedro de Alvarado (who burned the pyramid Qaholom where the protagonist was a magician) and incarcerated, with a jaguar in the adjacent cell. Tzinacán searches for a divine script in the patterns of the animal's fur.