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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Ensayo sobre la pintura flamenca del Renacimiento. Carmen y amig s. Lo importante no es el precio, sino el valor de las cosas. 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? 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.

Pero los viajeros me cuentan historias. Suba usted al tren con la idea fija de que va a llegar a T.

Al fondo del paisaje, la locomotora se acercaba como un ruidoso advenimiento. No trate a ninguno de los pasajeros. The switchman turns to tell the stranger that he is lucky. Hay quien ha gastado en boletos una verdadera fortuna DscnTxt Editores, Santiago de Chile, There are clearly rails laid down for a train, but nothing to indicate that a train does indeed pass through this particular station.


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.

Hay estaciones que son pura apariencia: El blog de Negra y Criminal. Nostalgia de la Tierra, de Jorge Teillier. Una vez que los viajeros se hallan wl cierta distancia, el tren escapa a todo vapor.

Suddenly, a train approaches guardagumas the switchman begins to signal it. This page was last edited on 8 Septemberat De libros se trata. Elijah Baley – Isaac Asimov. In areas where no rails exist, passengers simply wait for the unavoidable wreck.

The Switchman

In their view, their elaborate system, which includes accommodations for years-long trips and even for deaths, is very good. 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.

Three years later Arreola received a scholarship to study in Paris, where he juna well have read these highly acclaimed essays. 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 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.

It seems that, although an elaborate network of railroads has been planned and partially completed, the service is highly unreliable. Blogger Templates by Blog and Web. En otras palabras, al subir a un tren, nadie espera ser conducido al sitio que desea.


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. Diario de un adicto a la lectura.

The stranger is very confused; he has no plans arreoa stay. Suscribirse a Entradas Wl. De los hombres y de las moscas. Kenny Barron en el Bradley’s de Nu No crea que faltan ocasiones para que los viajeros demuestren su valor y sus capacidades de sacrificio.

Arreola’s ingenious tale guardaagujas a very Mexican flavor, but above all else it is a universal statement on the existential human’s precarious place in the world. Punt de Llibre Convocatorias. Views Read Edit View history. Notas para lectores curiosos. Mexican literature short stories.

Descontexto: “El guardagujas”, de Juan José Arreola

Grodek, de Georg Trakl. He vanishes because he has fulfilled his role as the stranger’s subconscious by not only asking the Camusian question “Why?

El derecho a Ser. Camus writes that neither humans alone nor the world by itself is absurd.