“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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Para regular la vida a bordo de los vagones demasiado repletos, la empresa se ve obligada a echar mano de ciertos expedientes. Views Read Edit View history. Camus writes that neither humans alone nor the world by itself is absurd.

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 Lijadas por la arena, las ruedas se gastaron hasta los ejes.

The story, first published as “El guardagujas” in Cinco Cuentos inis translated in Confabulario and Other Inventions In his piece, Arreola focuses on reality as well. Punt de Llibre Convocatorias.

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The Switchman

Como usted puede darse cuenta, los rieles existen, aunque un tanto averiados. 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.


This page was last edited on 8 Septemberat In areas where no rails exist, passengers simply wait for the unavoidable wreck. Se ve que es usted un hombre de convicciones.

Though some consider him to be a pioneer in the field on non-realistic literature, critics of him felt that social conditions in Mexico demanded a more realistic examination of the inequalities. Los viajeros de primera -es otra de las previsiones de la empresa- se colocan del lado en que hay riel.

He has not ever traveled on a train and does not plan on doing so.

Retrieved April 12, But upon inquiring again where the stranger wants to go, the switchman receives the answer X instead of T. The horrified stranger, who keeps insisting that he must arrive at destination T the next day, is therefore advised to rent a room in a nearby inn, an ash-colored building resembling a jail where would-be travelers are lodged.

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No crea que faltan ocasiones para que los viajeros demuestren su valor y sus capacidades de sacrificio. His best-known and most anthologized tale, “The Switchman” exemplifies his taste for humor, satire, fantasy, zrreola philosophical themes. The “switchman” tells the stranger that the country is famous for its railroad system; though many timetables and tickets have been produced, the trains do not follow them well.

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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. Llibres i poemes a estones. Suscribirse a Entradas Atom.


Los viajeros pasaron tanto tiempo, que de las obligadas conversaciones triviales surgieron amistades estrechas.

In the final lines of Arreola’s story the assertion of the stranger now referred jyan as the traveler that he is going to X rather than T indicates that he has become an absurd man ready to set out for an unknown destination. When he asks if the train has left, the old man wonders if the traveler has been in the arrreola very long and advises him to find lodging at the local inn for at least a month.

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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.

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.