: El guardagujas (Spanish Edition) (): Juan José Arreola, Jill Hartley, Dulce María Zúñiga: Books. http://www. A propósito de las elecciones, les comparto un fragmento de “El guardagujas” de Juan José.

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In addition, it is not really clear that the system does operate in the way the switchman claims: Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite juqn article.

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The stranger is warned that if he is lucky enough to board any train, he must also be vigilant about his point of departure. From the first lines of “The Switchman” the stranger stands out arroela a man of reason, fully expecting that, because he has a ticket to T, the train will take him there on time. 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.

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. 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.

The switchman turns to tell the stranger that he is lucky. Rather, the absurd arises from the clash between reasoning humans striving for order and the silent, unreasonable aarreola offering no response to their persistent demands.

Suddenly, a train approaches and the switchman begins to signal it. 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. 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?


A stranger carrying a large suitcase runs guardagujs a train station, and manages to arrive exactly at the time that his train bound for a town identified only as T. But upon inquiring again where the stranger wants to go, the switchman receives the answer X instead of T. The stranger still wishes to travel on guardayujas train to T.

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.

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Instead, they resembled the work of writers like Franz Kafka and Albert Camus and their examination of the human condition. Retrieved from ” https: When he asks if the train has left, the old guardgaujas 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.

Where there is only one rail iuan of two, the trains zip along and allow the first class passengers the side of the train riding on the rail.

He asks the stranger for the name of the station he wants to go to and the stranger says it is “X. The switchman explains how the railroad company thinks of their railway system.

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.


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 his life “will indeed take on some direction. The stranger is very confused; he has no plans to stay.

The Switchman

The absurd human is one who recognizes a lack of clear purpose in life and guardagujws resolves to commit himself or herself to the struggle for order against the unpredictable, fortuitous reality he or she encounters. 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.

He vanishes because he has fulfilled his role as the stranger’s subconscious by not only asking the Camusian question “Why? It seems that, although an elaborate network of railroads has been planned and partially completed, the service is highly unreliable.

The Switchman Original title: The switchman then tells a story of certain train rides when the trains arrived at impossible locations. It was republished ten years later along with other published works by Arreola at that time in the collection El Confabulario total. Mexican literature short stories. He does not understand why the stranger insists on going to T. The stranger argues that he should be able to go to T. Why, then, does the switchman vanish at this moment? As demonstrated by its numerous interpretations, “The Switchman” is fraught with ambiguity.