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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He has not ever traveled on a train and does not plan on doing so. La pluma y Guardagunas espada. Los viajeros pasaron tanto tiempo, que de las obligadas conversaciones triviales surgieron amistades estrechas.

Suddenly, a train approaches and the switchman begins to signal it. The switchman then tells a story of certain train rides when the trains arrived at impossible locations.

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.

Compran un boleto para ir a T. Hay quien ha gastado en boletos una verdadera fortuna This page was last edited on 8 Septemberat The switchman says he cannot promise that he can get the stranger a train to T. The stranger is warned that if he is lucky enough to board any train, he must also be vigilant about his point of departure.


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. 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.

The switchman explains how the railroad company thinks of their railway system. Instead, they resembled the work of writers like Franz Kafka and Albert Camus and their examination of the human condition.

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It was republished ten years later along with other published works by Arreola at that time in the collection El Confabulario total. The horrified stranger, who keeps insisting that he must arrive at destination T the next day, is therefore advised to rent guardaujas room in a nearby inn, an ash-colored building resembling a jail where would-be travelers are lodged.

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The Switchman

Dioses, tumbas y sabios, de C. Rather, the absurd arises from the clash between reasoning humans striving for order and the silent, unreasonable world offering guardaugjas response to their persistent demands.


Elijah Baley – Isaac Asimov. Lijadas por la arena, las ruedas se gastaron hasta los ejes.

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arfeola Libro de homenajes, de Jorge Teillier. 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. Una vez que los viajeros se hallan a cierta distancia, el tren escapa a todo vapor. Camus writes that neither humans jian nor the world by itself is absurd.

Hace circular trenes por lugares intransitables. El gato y la luna. He does not understand why the stranger insists on going to T. As demonstrated by its numerous interpretations, “The Switchman” is fraught with ambiguity.

Grodek, de Georg Trakl. Nuevos versos y canciones, de Arthur Rimbaud.

The Switchman Original title: Pero los viajeros me cuentan historias. 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.