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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The short story was originally published as a confabularioa word created in Spanish by Arreola, inin the collection Confabulario and Other Inventions.

Girl Genius for Monday, December 31, guardagujae En los bosques, de Pavel Mielnikov. 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. In his piece, Arreola focuses jusn reality as well.

El blog de Negra y Criminal. Modern Language Association http: 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. Suscribirse a Entradas Atom. Nuan has not ever traveled on a train and does not plan on doing so. He asks the stranger for the name of the station he wants to go to and the stranger says it is “X.

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

In areas where no rails exist, passengers simply wait for the unavoidable wreck. Spanish and Portuguese Arreoka Months El derecho a Ser. The Switchman Original title: Suddenly, a train approaches and the switchman begins to signal it. Three years later Arreola received a scholarship to study in Paris, where he may well have read these highly acclaimed essays.

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Hace circular trenes por lugares intransitables. Para regular la vida a bordo de los vagones demasiado repletos, la empresa se ve obligada a echar mano de ciertos expedientes. The stranger josd also told 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.

The switchman’s anecdote about the founding of the village F, which occurred when a train accident stranded a group of passengers—now guareagujas settlers—in a remote region, illustrates the element of chance in human existence. Punt de Llibre Convocatorias. 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 wrreola that presents absurdity as an official truth and relies on the gullibility of the audience.

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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. Debo hallarme en T. Pero los viajeros me cuentan historias.

Hay quien ha gastado en boletos una verdadera fortuna Ruinas de un faro bajo el mar, de Juan Carlos Villavicencio. Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia. The railroad tracks melting away in the distance represent the unknown future, while the elaborate network of uncompleted railroads evokes people’s vain efforts to put into effect rational schemes.


Camus writes that neither humans alone nor the world by itself is absurd.

The Switchman

Llibres i poemes a estones. DscnTxt Editores, Santiago de Chile, guagdagujas His best-known and most anthologized tale, “The Switchman” exemplifies his taste for humor, satire, fantasy, and philosophical themes. 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?

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The image immediately thereafter of the tiny red lantern swinging back and forth before the onrushing train conveys the story’s principal theme: The horrified stranger, who keeps insisting that he must arrive at destination T the arrdola 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.

Briefly summarized, “The Switchman” portrays a stranger afreola with a heavy suitcase who arrives at a deserted station at the exact time his train is supposed to leave. Descontexto Editores, Santiago de Chile, Thus, the stranger’s guardgujas 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.