The Switchman: Juan José Arreola: “El guardagujas” (“The Switchman”) is Arreola’s most anthologized piece. It is without question his most representative. 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. http://www.

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The switchman turns to tell the stranger that he is lucky. The absurd human is one who recognizes a lack of clear purpose in life and therefore resolves to commit himself or herself to the struggle for order against the unpredictable, fortuitous reality he or she encounters.

Me gusta que no abandone usted su proyecto. Retrieved from ” https: Instead, they resembled the work of writers like Franz Kafka and Albert Camus and their examination of the human condition. In some cases, new towns, like the town of F. Para regular la vida a bordo de los vagones demasiado repletos, la empresa se ve obligada a echar mano de ciertos expedientes. Rather, the absurd arises from the clash between reasoning humans striving for order and the silent, unreasonable world offering no response to their persistent demands.

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.

This page was last edited on 8 Septemberat It has been seen as a satire on Mexico’s railroad service and the Mexican character, as a lesson taught by the instincts to a human soul about to be born, as a modern allegory of Christianity, as a complex political satire, as a surrealistic fantasy on the illusive nature of reality, and as an existentialist view of life with Mexican modifications.

But upon inquiring again where the stranger wants to go, the switchman receives the answer X instead of T.

The Switchman On one level the story operates as a satire on the Mexican transportation system, while on another the railroad is an analogy for the hopeless absurdity of the human condition. Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia.


He does not understand why kose stranger insists on going to T. Diario de un adicto a la lectura. 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.

From the first lines guardagijas “The Switchman” the stranger stands out as a man of reason, fully expecting that, because he has a ticket to T, buardagujas train will take him there on time. The railroad tracks melting away in the distance represent the unknown future, while the elaborate network of uncompleted railroads evokes people’s vain efforts to put into effect rational schemes. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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 as an official truth and relies on the gullibility of the audience. Awareness of the absurd human condition can come at any moment, but it is most likely to happen when, guardayujas confronted by the meaninglessness of hectic daily routine, he or she asks the question “Why?

Spanish and Portuguese Lit Months Al fondo del paisaje, la locomotora se acercaba como un ruidoso advenimiento. El blog de Negra y Criminal. Los viajeros de primera -es otra de las previsiones de la empresa- se colocan del lado en que hay riel. En los bosques, de Pavel Mielnikov.

The Switchman (El Guardagujas) by Juan José Arreola, |

Notas para lectores curiosos. Pero ellos se dan cuenta en seguida de todos los sentidos que puede tener una frase, por sencilla que sea. Club de Lectura Bib. He asks the stranger for the name of the station he wants to go to and the stranger says it is “X. As the man speculates about where his train might be, he feels a touch on his shoulder and turns to see a small old man dressed like a railroader and carrying a lantern.


In his piece, Arreola focuses on reality as well. Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. The stranger wants to know if a train going to T. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. Lijadas por la arena, las ruedas se gastaron hasta los ejes. Hay estaciones que son pura apariencia: Girl Genius for Monday, December 31, Another episode involves a trainload of energetic passengers who became heroes absurd heroes in Camusian terms when they disassembled their train, carried it across a bridgeless chasm, and reassembled it on the other side in order to complete their journey.

Suddenly, a train approaches and the switchman begins to signal it. Algunas de esas amistades se transformaron pronto en idilios, y el resultado ha sido F.

The Switchman

Grodek, de Georg Trakl. Art Pepper en el Maiden Voyage de Comentarios de jode entrada Atom. No crea que faltan ocasiones para que los viajeros demuestren su valor y sus capacidades de sacrificio.

A stranger carrying a large suitcase runs towards a train station, and manages to arrive exactly at the time that his train bound for a town identified only as T.

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. Suba usted al tren con la idea fija de que va a llegar a T.

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