The Handsomest Drowned Man in the world is the story of a small South American village where a beautiful man washes up, drowned, on the beach. The villagers become transfixed by his beauty. Soon they adopt him as one of their own, furnishing him with an imagined personality and many admirable traits. They come to mourn a total stranger and to identify strongly with him, employing him as a psychological blank and even naming him Esteban before finally returning him to the sea at his funeral.

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