http://html. Libro de homenajes, de Jorge Teillier. .. El guardagujas dio un brinco, y se puso a hacer señales ridículas y desordenadas con su linterna. The Switchman (Original title: El Guardagujas) is an existentialist short story by Mexican writer Juan José Arreola. The short story was originally published as a.

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The Switchman

In some cases, guardqgujas towns, like the town of F. 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 for mirages that the railroad company generates.

Retrieved from ” https: The stranger still wishes to travel on his train to T. Instead, they resembled the work of writers like Franz Kafka and Albert Camus and their examination of the human condition. There are clearly rails laid down for a train, but nothing to indicate that a train does indeed pass through this particular station. No crea que faltan ocasiones para que los viajeros demuestren su valor y sus capacidades de sacrificio. Una vez que los viajeros se hallan a cierta distancia, el tren guarragujas a todo vapor.

Vea usted, hay personas que ni guardagujxs se han dado cuenta de lo que pasa.

Descontexto: “El guardagujas”, de Juan José Arreola

Views Read Edit View history. Como usted puede darse cuenta, los rieles existen, aunque un tanto averiados. Los viajeros pasaron tanto tiempo, que de las obligadas conversaciones triviales surgieron amistades estrechas. Hace circular trenes por lugares intransitables. In one case, where the train reached an abyss with no bridge, the passengers happily broke down and rebuilt the train on the other side.

In his piece, Arreola focuses on reality as well. The stranger argues that he should be able to go to T. Yo debo llegar a T. Pero los viajeros me cuentan historias. The short dl was originally published as a confabularioa word created in Spanish by Arreola, inin the collection Confabulario and Other Inventions. Hay quien ha gastado en boletos una verdadera fortuna Grodek, de Georg Trakl. Los viajeros de primera -es otra de las previsiones de la empresa- se colocan del lado en que hay riel. In areas where no rails exist, guardaguujas simply wait for the unavoidable wreck.


The details of the story do not really support his claim that he is librl an official switchman, so it may be that his tales represent guardsgujas system that presents absurdity as an official truth and relies on the gullibility of the audience. Nuevos versos y canciones, de Arthur Rimbaud. The switchman says he cannot promise that he can get the stranger a train to T.

En otras palabras, al subir a un tren, nadie espera ser conducido al sitio que desea. The switchman turns to tell the stranger that he is guradagujas. The residents accept this system, but hope for a change in the system.

Ruinas de un faro bajo el mar, de Juan Carlos Villavicencio. This page was last edited on 8 Septemberat 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.

Llibro Editores, Santiago de Chile, Guardaagujas stranger is warned that if he is lucky enough to board any train, he must also be vigilant about his point of departure.

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El guardagujas – Juan José Arreola – Google Books

The Switchman On one level the story operates as a satire on the Mexican transportation system, while on another the railroad is an analogy for the hopeless absurdity of the human condition. He has not ever traveled on a train and does not plan on doing so.

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.



Suscribirse a Tuardagujas Atom. When the stranger asks the switchman how he knows all of this, the switchman replies that he is a retired switchman who visits train stations to reminisce about old times. Mexican literature short stories. Nostalgia de la Tierra, de Jorge Teillier. Suba usted al tren con la idea fija de que va a llegar a T. 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.

No trate a ninguno de los pasajeros. Al fondo del paisaje, la locomotora se acercaba como un ruidoso advenimiento.

The Switchman Original title: 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. 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. In addition, it is not really clear that the system does operate in the way the switchman claims: Retrieved April 12, As the man speculates about where his train might be, he feels a touch on his shoulder and turns to see a small old man dressed like a railroader and carrying a lantern.

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. Compran un boleto para ir a T.