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 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. Tira 12 – tomo I. Lo importante no es el precio, sino el valor de las cosas. Modern Language Association http: The image immediately thereafter of the tiny red lantern swinging back and forth before the onrushing train conveys the story’s principal theme: Al fondo del paisaje, la locomotora se acercaba como un ruidoso advenimiento.

The stranger argues that he should be able to go to T. The switchman then tells a story of certain train rides when the trains arrived at impossible locations.

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 railroad management was so pleased that they decided to suspend any official bridge building guardagujaa instead encourage the stripping and recreation of future trains.

Diario de un adicto a la lectura. El gato y la luna. And the conductors’ pride in never failing to deposit their deceased passengers on the station platforms as prescribed by their tickets suggests that the only certain human destination is death, a fundamental absurdist concept. The short story was originally published as a confabularioa word created in Spanish by Arreola, inin the collection Confabulario and Other Inventions. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


Suscribirse a Entradas Atom. A lei de Lem. The residents accept this system, but hope for a change in the system. Ruinas de un faro bajo el mar, de Juan Carlos Villavicencio.

In their view, their elaborate system, which includes accommodations for years-long trips and even for deaths, is very good. This page was last edited on 8 Septemberat 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.

Pero guadragujas se dan cuenta en seguida de todos los sentidos que puede tener una frase, por sencilla que sea. Girl Genius for Monday, December 31, Instead, they resembled the work of writers like Franz Kafka and Albert Camus and their examination of the human condition. Yo debo llegar a T. Thus, guradagujas stranger’s heavy suitcase symbolizes the burden of reason he carries about, and the inn resembles a jail, the place where others like him are lodged before setting out on life’s absurd journey.

The Switchman

Carmen y amig s. The switchman turns to tell the stranger that he is lucky. In the final lines of Arreola’s story the assertion of the stranger now referred to as the traveler that he is going to X rather than T indicates arfeola he has become an absurd man ready to set out for an unknown destination.

The stranger is warned that if he is lucky enough to board any train, he must also be vigilant about his point of departure. Los viajeros de primera -es otra de las previsiones de la empresa- se colocan del lado en que hay riel.

Hace circular trenes por lugares intransitables.

lecturas errantes: El Guardagujas, de Juan José Arreola

Suscribirse a Entradas Atom. 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. When the stranger asks the switchman how he knows all of this, the switchman replies that he is a retired switchman who visits train stations to reminisce about old times.


In some cases, new towns, like the town of F. Camus writes that neither humans alone nor the world by itself is absurd.

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. As the stranger is very interested in this, the switchman once again encourages the stranger to try his luck, but warns him not to talk to fellow passengers, who may be spies, and to watch out for mirages that the railroad company generates.

No crea que faltan ocasiones para que los viajeros demuestren su valor y sus capacidades de sacrificio. There are clearly rails laid down for a train, but nothing to indicate that a train does indeed pass through this particular station. El tren fue a dar en un terreno impracticable. Como usted puede darse cuenta, los rieles existen, aunque un tanto averiados. Elijah Baley guafdagujas Isaac Asimov. En este relato nos hallamos ante un viajero que desea ir en ferrocarril hasta T. He asks the stranger for the name of the station he wants to juab to and the stranger says it is “X.

Hay estaciones que son pura apariencia: Invitan a los pasajeros a que desciendan de los vagones, generalmente guardagujaa el pretexto de que admiren las bellezas de un determinado lugar. Nostalgia de la Tierra, de Jorge Teillier. Retrieved from ” https: