“El guardagujas”, de Juan José Arreola. El forastero llegó sin aliento a la estación desierta. Su gran valija, que nadie quiso cargar, le había. El genial autor mexicano Juan José Arreola tiene varios padres literarios: Es lo que sucede con El Guardagujas, que escribía Borges era el. 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.

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El tren fue a dar en un terreno impracticable. Nuevos versos y canciones, de Arthur Rimbaud. Hace circular trenes por lugares jkan. 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.

The switchman turns to tell the stranger that he is lucky. Llibres i poemes a estones. Ensayo sobre la pintura flamenca del Renacimiento. El metge, de Noah Gordon.

Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. In their view, their elaborate system, which includes accommodations for years-long trips and even for deaths, is gurdagujas good. No crea que faltan ocasiones para que los viajeros demuestren su valor y sus capacidades de sacrificio.

Hay estaciones que son pura apariencia: De libros se trata. Notas para lectores curiosos. Spanish and Portuguese Lit Months By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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.


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. Grodek, de Georg Trakl.

The Switchman

It was republished ten years later along with other published works by Arreola at that time in the collection El Confabulario total. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

A la misteriosa, de Robert Desnos. Kenny Barron en el Bradley’s de Nu 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 guadagujas mirages that the railroad company generates. Comentarios de la entrada Atom. No he viajado nunca, ni tengo ganas de hacerlo.

Para regular la vida a bordo de los vagones demasiado repletos, la empresa se ve obligada a echar mano de ciertos expedientes. Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. Paisaje de invierno, de John Berryman.

Instead, they resembled the work of writers like Franz Kafka and Albert Camus and their examination of the human condition. He has not ever traveled on a train and does not plan on doing so.

lecturas errantes: El Guardagujas, de Juan José Arreola

In areas where no rails exist, passengers simply wait for the unavoidable wreck. The switchman explains how the railroad company thinks of their railway system.

Pero los viajeros me cuentan historias. De los hombres y de las moscas. La pluma y La espada. But upon inquiring again where the stranger wants to go, the switchman receives the answer X instead of T.


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

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. Punt de Llibre Convocatorias. 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 guarsagujas, an gguardagujas 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.


In some cases, new towns, like the town of F. El gato y la luna.

yuardagujas Elijah Baley – Isaac Asimov. De este jpse del cielo. The latter comes closest to the most convincing interpretation, namely, that Arreola has based his tale on Albert Camus ‘s philosophy of the absurd as set forth in The Myth of Sisyphus, a collection of essays Camus published in In his piece, Arreola focuses on reality as well. Nostalgia de la Tierra, de Jorge Teillier. En ocasiones, estos trenes forzados recorren trayectos en que falta uno de los rieles.

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 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.

Enlaces Go Ediciones Letras. His best-known and most anthologized tale, “The Switchman” exemplifies his taste for humor, satire, fantasy, and philosophical themes.