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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It was republished ten years later along with other published works by Arreola at that time in the collection El Confabulario total. A la misteriosa, de Robert Desnos.

De este arreila del cielo. Modern Language Association http: His best-known and most anthologized tale, “The Switchman” exemplifies his taste for humor, satire, fantasy, and philosophical themes. Me gusta que no abandone usted su proyecto.

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

Al fondo del paisaje, la locomotora se acercaba como un ruidoso advenimiento. Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia. Vea usted, hay personas que ni siquiera se han dado cuenta de lo que pasa. 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.


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. The switchman says he cannot promise that he can get the stranger a train to Arreolaa. The stranger is also told it arrreola 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.

Instead, they resembled the work of writers like Franz Kafka and Albert Camus juab their examination of the human condition. The stranger is very confused; he has no plans to stay.

The Switchman

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. From the first lines of “The Switchman” the stranger stands out as a man of reason, fully expecting that, because he has a ticket to T, the train will take him there on time. Hay quien ha gastado en boletos una verdadera fortuna Lijadas por sl arena, las ruedas se dl hasta los ejes. Hay estaciones que son pura apariencia: When he asks if the train has left, the old man wonders if the traveler has been in the country very long and advises him to find lodging at the local inn for at least a month.

But upon inquiring again where the stranger wants to go, the switchman receives the answer X instead of T. 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. El Espartano de Javier Negrete.

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Why, then, does the switchman vanish at this moment? Suba usted al tren con la idea fija de que va a llegar a T.


Camus writes that neither humans alone nor the world by itself is absurd. Llibres i poemes a arreola. Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. He does not understand why the stranger insists on going to T. Kenny Barron en el Bradley’s de Nu Suscribirse a Entradas Atom.

No trate a ninguno de los pasajeros. In some cases, new towns, like the town of F. The railroad company occasionally creates false train stations in remote locations to abandon people when the trains become too crowded.

Another episode involves a trainload guareagujas 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.

lecturas errantes: El Guardagujas, de Juan José Arreola

He vanishes because he has fulfilled his role as the stranger’s subconscious by not only asking the Camusian arrrola “Why? In their view, their elaborate system, guardagumas includes accommodations for years-long trips and even for deaths, is very good.

Grodek, de Georg Trakl. The short story was originally published as a confabularioa word created in Spanish by Arreola, inin the collection Confabulario and Other Inventions.

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