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I assume it is indeed a historical reference. The year 1955 was double relevant to Borges: He had been an anti-Peronist [1], so he welcomed the RevoluciĆ³n Libertadora of 16 September 1955. In fact, the Wikipedia about Borges notes: According to [Borges biographer] Williamson, Borges shouted, "Viva la Patria", until his voice grew hoarse. [2] ...

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