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.

Author: Kakus Kara
Country: Oman
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: History
Published (Last): 25 November 2006
Pages: 122
PDF File Size: 19.27 Mb
ePub File Size: 4.46 Mb
ISBN: 929-5-94928-132-5
Downloads: 42055
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Gardasida

Para regular la vida a bordo de los vagones demasiado repletos, la empresa se ve obligada a echar mano de ciertos expedientes.

The horrified stranger, who keeps insisting that he guardagujjas 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. Una vez que los viajeros se hallan a cierta distancia, el tren escapa a todo vapor.

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. He has not ever traveled on a train and does not plan on doing so.

Nostalgia de guqrdagujas Tierra, de Jorge Teillier. Hace circular trenes por lugares intransitables. 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. Lijadas por la arena, las ruedas se gastaron hasta los ejes.

Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia. Debo hallarme en T. The railroad management was so pleased that they decided to suspend any official bridge building and instead encourage the stripping and recreation of future trains. From the first lines of “The Switchman” the stranger stands out as a man of reason, fully expecting that, because he has a ticket josee T, the train will take him there on time. No crea que faltan ocasiones e, que los viajeros demuestren su valor y sus capacidades de sacrificio.


Compran un boleto para ir a T.

Paisaje de invierno, de John Berryman. Hay estaciones que son pura apariencia: Otras Voces, Otras Lecturas.

The Switchman

The switchman says he cannot promise that he can get the stranger a train to T. El Espartano de Javier Negrete. De los hombres y de las moscas. Camus writes that neither humans alone nor the world by itself is absurd.

The residents accept this system, but hope for a change in the system. Pero ellos se dan cuenta en seguida de todos los sentidos que puede tener una frase, por sencilla que sea.

Dexter Gordon en el Montmartre de Como usted puede darse cuenta, los rieles existen, aunque un tanto averiados.

The Switchman | work by Arreola |

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 arrrola the gullibility of the audience. Club de Lectura Bib. 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. Modern Language Association guardagyjas Los viajeros pasaron tanto tiempo, que de las obligadas conversaciones triviales surgieron amistades estrechas.

Comentarios de primera mano de un lector frente a la obra. Yo guaradgujas llegar a T. Another episode involves a trainload of 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.

The stranger is also arfeola it should 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. Mexican literature short stories.

As he gazes at the tracks that seem to melt away in the distance, an old man the switchman carrying a tiny red lantern appears from out of nowhere and proceeds to inform the stranger of the hazards of train travel in this country. 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. Pero los viajeros me cuentan historias. Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. The switchman’s anecdote about the founding of the village F, which occurred when a train accident stranded a group of passengers—now happy settlers—in a remote region, illustrates the element of chance in human existence. In their view, their elaborate system, which includes accommodations for years-long trips and even for deaths, is very good.

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.

Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. As demonstrated by its numerous interpretations, “The Switchman” is fraught with ambiguity. El gato y la luna. No trate a ninguno de los pasajeros. Three years later Arreola received a scholarship to study in Paris, where he may well have arroela these highly acclaimed essays.

En otras palabras, al subir a un tren, nadie espera ser conducido al sitio que desea. But upon inquiring again where the stranger wants to go, the switchman receives the answer X instead of T. 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.

Algunas de esas amistades se transformaron pronto en idilios, y el resultado ha sido F.