The End (story)
|Author||Jorge Luis Borges|
|Original title||"El fin"|
|Published in||Ficciones (2nd ed)|
|Published in English||1962|
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" is a response to the Argentine epic Martín Fierro, which Borges had discussed in a long essay published earlier that year. 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" who has been dwelling in the man's store and a mysterious stranger which the negro had been waiting for. The story ends ambiguously and leaves the readers with a question which only they can answer: does Fierro succeed in leaving his violent past behind him, or has he rather come to fully embrace his true nature?
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.
- Jorges Luis Borges. El Martín Fierro. Columba, Buenos Aires, 1953.