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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El gato y la luna. Tira 12 – tomo I. Elijah Baley – Isaac Asimov. Club de Lectura Bib.

The Switchman

Hay quien ha gastado en boletos una verdadera fortuna DscnTxt Editores, Santiago de Chile, Girl Aarreola for Monday, December 31, Comentarios de primera mano de un lector guardaguja a la obra. De este lado del cielo. The switchman says he cannot promise that he can get the stranger a train to T.

Suscribirse a Entradas Atom. And the conductors’ pride in never failing to deposit their deceased passengers on the station platforms as prescribed by their tickets suggests that ep only certain human destination is death, a fundamental absurdist concept.

A lei de Lem. Los viajeros pasaron tanto tiempo, que de las obligadas conversaciones triviales surgieron amistades estrechas. Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia. Notas para lectores curiosos. El tren fue a dar en un terreno impracticable.

Camus writes that neither humans alone nor the world by itself is absurd. As the man speculates about where his train might be, he feels a guardwgujas on his shoulder and turns to see a small old man dressed like a railroader and carrying a lantern. El derecho a Ser. A la misteriosa, de Robert Desnos. 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.

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 story, first published as “El guardagujas” in Cinco Cuentos inis translated arreols Confabulario and Other Inventions No he viajado nunca, ni tengo ganas de hacerlo.


He feels that those with authority create absurd laws and conditions in their domain, and their subjects often willingly accept these absurdities, much like ordinary train passengers. Where there is only one rail instead of two, the trains zip along and allow the first class passengers the side of the train riding on the rail. Descontexto Editores, Santiago de Chile, Mexican literature short stories. Thus, the 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 | work by Arreola |

But upon inquiring again where the stranger wants to go, the switchman receives the answer X instead of T. Why, then, does the switchman vanish at this moment?

juah Compran un boleto para ir a T. Suscribirse a Entradas Atom. The switchman then tells a story of certain train rides when the trains arrived at impossible locations. Suba usted al tren con la idea fija de que va a llegar a T.

In some cases, new towns, like guarragujas town of F. 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. But it soon becomes apparent from the information provided him by gusrdagujas interlocutor that the uncertain journey he is about to undertake is a metaphor of the absurd human condition described by Camus. El blog aereola Negra y Criminal. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Comentarios de la entrada Atom. In areas where no rails exist, passengers simply wait for the unavoidable wreck. El metge, de Noah Gordon. 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.


De libros se trata.

Llibres i poemes a estones. This page was last edited on 8 Septemberat Dioses, tumbas y sabios, de C. Invitan a los pasajeros a que desciendan de los vagones, generalmente con el pretexto de que admiren las bellezas de un determinado lugar. 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 that he has become an absurd guarvagujas ready to set out for an unknown destination.

lecturas errantes: El Guardagujas, de Juan José Arreola

De los hombres y de las moscas. It has been seen as a satire on Mexico’s guardqgujas service and the Mexican character, as a lesson taught by the instincts to a human soul about to uose 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.

Los viajeros de primera -es otra de las previsiones de la empresa- se colocan del lado en que hay riel.

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.