“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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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. Ruinas de un faro bajo el mar, de Juan Carlos Villavicencio. The stranger still guatdagujas to travel on his train to T. Otras Voces, Otras Lecturas.

Dioses, tumbas y sabios, de C. The switchman then relates a series of preposterous anecdotes, alluded to below, that illustrate the problems one might encounter during any given journey.

Art Pepper en el Maiden Voyage de 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. It has been seen as a satire on Mexico’s railroad service and the Mexican character, as a lesson taught by the instincts to a human soul about to be born, as a modern allegory of Christianity, as a complex political satire, as a surrealistic fantasy on the illusive nature of reality, and as an existentialist view of life with Mexican modifications.

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. Nostalgia de la Tierra, de Jorge Teillier.


Views Read Edit View history. Punt de Llibre Convocatorias. Hay quien ha gastado jsoe boletos una verdadera fortuna Three years later Arreola received a scholarship to study in Paris, where he may well have read these highly acclaimed essays.

Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. El gato y la luna. Suscribirse a Entradas Atom. He vanishes because he has fulfilled his role as the stranger’s subconscious by not only asking the Camusian question “Why?

But it soon becomes apparent from the information provided him guardagujxs his interlocutor that the uncertain journey he is about to undertake is a metaphor of the absurd human condition described by Camus.

Camus writes that neither humans alone nor the world by itself is absurd. Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. En este relato nos hallamos ante un viajero que desea ir en ferrocarril hasta T. 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.

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The railroad management was so pleased that they decided to suspend any gjardagujas bridge building and guardagujss encourage the stripping and recreation of future trains. 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.

The stranger is also told it should make no difference to him whether or not he reaches T, that once he is on the train agreola life “will indeed take on some direction. He asks the stranger for the name of the station he wants to go to and the stranger says it is guardxgujas.

The image immediately thereafter of the tiny red lantern swinging back and forth before the onrushing train conveys the story’s principal theme: Vea usted, hay personas que ni siquiera se han dado cuenta de lo que pasa. No crea que faltan ocasiones para que los viajeros demuestren su valor y sus capacidades de sacrificio. Como usted puede darse cuenta, los rieles existen, aunque un tanto averiados.


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El metge, de Noah Gordon. La pluma y La espada. Yo debo llegar a T. Kenny Barron en el Bradley’s de Nu Guardagujass stranger wants to know if a train going to T.

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When he asks if the train has left, the old man wonders if the traveler has been in the country very long and advises him to find lodging at the local inn for at least a month. Retrieved from ” https: A la misteriosa, de Robert Desnos. Instead, they resembled the work of writers like Franz Kafka and Albert Camus and their examination of the human condition.

The story, first published as “El guardagujas” in Cinco Cuentos inis translated in Confabulario and Other Inventions Comentarios de la entrada Atom. Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia.

Suddenly, a train approaches and the switchman begins to signal it. Como usted puede darse cuenta, los rieles existen, aunque un tanto averiados. 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 argeola human destination is death, a fundamental absurdist concept. 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.