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The Man on the Threshold

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Author  Jorge Luis Borges
Language  Spanish
Published in  La Nación
Country  Argentina
Genre(s)  short story
Original title  "El Hombre en el Umbral"

"The Man on the Threshold" (original Spanish title "El Hombre en el Umbral") is a short story by Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges. It was published in La Nación in April 1952 and added to 1952 edition of short story collection Aleph.

Plot summary

A new governor, a Scotsman named Glencairn, is sent to a certain Muslim city in British India to restore order. He succeeds in that using violent measures, but after few years, mysteriously disappears. The narrator is assigned to find Glencairn. He goes to a certain address where a Muslim ceremony was being held. An old man on the threshold tells the narrator a story of a tyrant who was kidnapped and put to trial: he was judged by a madman and his verdict was death - this was in fact what happened to Glencairn, as the narrator discovers when he finds Glencairn's mutilated body.

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