“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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Vea usted, hay personas que ni siquiera se han dado cuenta de lo que pasa. 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 on the gullibility of the audience.

The old man then dissolves in the clear morning air, and only the red speck of the lantern remains visible before the noisily approaching engine. Nieve en La Habana. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. A la misteriosa, de Robert Desnos. Retrieved from adreola https: Libro de homenajes, de Jorge Teillier.

Carmen y amig s. 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.

Views Read Edit View history. The railroad tracks melting away in the distance represent the unknown guardahujas, while the elaborate network of uncompleted railroads evokes people’s vain efforts to put into effect rational schemes. El derecho a Ser. Pero los viajeros me cuentan historias. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In one case, where the train reached an abyss with no bridge, the passengers happily broke down jpse rebuilt the train on the other side.


Los viajeros pasaron tanto tiempo, que de las obligadas conversaciones triviales surgieron amistades estrechas. Lo importante no es el precio, sino el valor de las cosas. Otras Voces, Otras Lecturas. El Espartano de Javier Negrete.

Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. Suscribirse a Entradas Atom. Camus writes that neither humans alone nor the world by itself is absurd. The stranger argues that he should be able to go to T.

Arreola’s ingenious tale exudes a very Mexican flavor, but above all else it is a universal statement on the existential human’s precarious place in the world. The horrified stranger, who keeps insisting that he must 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.

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.

The Switchman

He has not ever traveled on a train and does not plan on doing so. Three years later Arreola received a scholarship to study in Paris, where he may well have read these highly acclaimed essays. The stranger still wishes to travel on his train to T. 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?


In his piece, Arreola focuses on reality as well. But it soon becomes apparent from the information provided him by his interlocutor that the uncertain journey he is about to undertake is a metaphor of the absurd human condition described by Camus.

Elijah Baley – Isaac Asimov.

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No arrella que faltan ocasiones para que los viajeros demuestren su valor y sus capacidades de sacrificio. The switchman then tells a story of certain train rides when the trains arrived at impossible locations.

He vanishes because he has fulfilled his role as the stranger’s subconscious by not only asking the Camusian question “Why? 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.

The stranger wants to know if a train going to T. Briefly summarized, “The Switchman” portrays a stranger burdened with a heavy suitcase who arrives at a deserted station at the exact time his train is supposed to leave.