“El guardagujas”, de Juan José Arreola. El forastero llegó sin aliento a la estación desierta. Su gran valija, que nadie quiso cargar, le había. El genial autor mexicano Juan José Arreola tiene varios padres literarios: Es lo que sucede con El Guardagujas, que escribía Borges era el. taken there, don’t you agree?” “Most people would say you are right. Over at the inn you can talk to people who have. The Switchman1. Juan José Arreola.

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Like most of Arreola’s stories, The Switchman’ can be interpreted in a variety of ways—as an allegory of the pitfalls of the Mexican train system, an existential horror story of life’s absurdities and human limitation, and the author’s desire to laugh in spite of the insanities of the world and human interaction. In one case, where the train reached an abyss with no bridge, the passengers happily broke down and rebuilt the train on the other side. The stranger is also told it should make no difference to him whether or not he reaches T, that once he is on the train his life “will indeed take on some direction.

The details of the story do not really support his claim that he is indeed an official switchman, so it may be that his tales represent a system that presents absurdity argeola an official truth and relies on the gullibility of the audience. The old man jowe dissolves in the clear morning air, and only the red speck of the lantern remains visible before the noisily approaching engine.

As he gazes at the tracks that seem to melt away in the distance, an old man the switchman carrying a tiny red lantern appears from out of nowhere and proceeds to inform the stranger josse the hazards of train travel in this country. As demonstrated by its numerous interpretations, “The Switchman” is fraught with ambiguity.


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A lei de Lem. Arreola’s ingenious tale exudes a very Mexican flavor, but above all else it is a universal statement on the existential human’s precarious place in the world.

Briefly summarized, “The Switchman” portrays a stranger burdened with a heavy suitcase who arrives at a deserted station at the exact time his train is supposed to leave. Dioses, tumbas josw sabios, de C. Notas para lectores curiosos. Instead, they resembled the work of writers like Franz Kafka and Albert Camus and their examination of the human condition.

The switchman’s anecdote about the founding of the village F, which occurred when a train accident stranded a group of passengers—now happy settlers—in a remote region, illustrates the element of chance in human existence.

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Suscribirse a Entradas Atom. Yo debo llegar a T. A stranger carrying a large suitcase runs towards a train station, and manages to arrive exactly at the time guardaujas his train bound for a town identified only as T. Girl Genius for Monday, December 31, Ensayo sobre la pintura flamenca del Renacimiento.

Enlaces Go Ediciones Letras. The switchman tells the stranger that the inn is filled with people who have made that very same assumption, and who may one day actually get there. Al fondo del paisaje, la locomotora se acercaba como un ruidoso advenimiento. Se ve que es usted un hombre de convicciones.

Hay quien ha gastado en boletos una verdadera fortuna Awareness of the absurd human condition can come at any moment, but it is most likely to happen when, suddenly confronted by the meaninglessness of hectic daily routine, he or she asks the question “Why?

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Elijah Baley – Isaac Asimov. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He has not ever traveled on a train and does not plan on doing so. Three years later Arreola received a scholarship to study in Paris, where he may well have read these highly acclaimed essays.

Como usted puede darse cuenta, los rieles existen, aunque un tanto averiados. Libro de homenajes, de Jorge Teillier. It seems that, although an elaborate network of railroads has been planned and partially completed, the service is highly unreliable. Art Pepper en el Maiden Voyage de The stranger argues that he should be able to go to T. Otras Voces, Otras Lecturas. Lo importante no es el precio, sino el valor de las cosas. The switchman explains how the railroad company thinks of their railway system.


The absurd human is aware not only of the limits of reason but also of the absurdity of death and nothingness that will ultimately be his or her fate. DscnTxt Editores, Santiago de Chile, Blogger Templates by Blog and Web. He feels that those with authority create absurd laws and conditions in their domain, and their subjects often willingly accept these absurdities, much like ordinary train passengers.

The Switchman

The switchman then relates a series of preposterous anecdotes, alluded to below, that illustrate the problems one might encounter during any given journey. This page was last edited on 8 Septemberat The switchman then tells a story of certain train rides when the trains arrived at impossible locations.

En ocasiones, estos trenes forzados recorren trayectos en que falta uno de los rieles. En este relato nos hallamos ante un viajero que desea ir en ferrocarril hasta T.

La pluma y La espada. Retrieved April 12, But it soon becomes apparent from the information provided him by his interlocutor that the uncertain journey he is about to undertake is a metaphor of the absurd human condition described by Camus. The switchman turns to tell the stranger that he is lucky.