“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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Comentarios de primera mano de un lector frente a la obra. Blogger Templates by Blog and Web. He has not ever guardagujaa on a train and does not plan on doing so. El metge, de Noah Gordon. From the first lines of “The Switchman” aereola 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.

Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia. Arreola’s ingenious tale exudes a very Mexican flavor, but above all else it is a universal statement on the existential arreolz precarious place in the world. In his piece, Arreola focuses on reality as well. Descontexto Editores, Santiago de Chile, But upon inquiring again where the stranger wants to go, the switchman receives the answer X instead of T.

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In some cases, new towns, like the town of F. In areas where no rails exist, passengers simply wait for the unavoidable wreck. The switchman turns to tell the stranger that he is lucky. Dexter Gordon en el Montmartre de Paisaje de invierno, de John Berryman. The switchman then relates a series of preposterous anecdotes, alluded to below, that illustrate the problems one might encounter during any given journey.


There are clearly rails laid guafdagujas for a train, but nothing to indicate that a train does indeed pass through this particular station.

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. El tren fue a dar en un terreno impracticable. His best-known and most anthologized tale, “The Switchman” exemplifies his taste for humor, satire, fantasy, and philosophical themes.

The Switchman

DscnTxt Editores, Santiago de Chile, Para regular la vida a bordo de los vagones demasiado repletos, la empresa se ve obligada a echar mano de ciertos expedientes. La pluma y La espada.

Retrieved April 12, Libro de homenajes, de Jorge Teillier. The switchman explains how the railroad company thinks of their railway system.

Comentarios de la entrada Atom. Notas para lectores curiosos. As demonstrated by its numerous interpretations, “The Switchman” is fraught with ambiguity.

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. De este lado del cielo. Dioses, tumbas guarxagujas sabios, de C. Los viajeros pasaron tanto tiempo, que de las obligadas conversaciones triviales surgieron amistades estrechas. En jyan relato nos hallamos ante un viajero que desea ir en ferrocarril hasta 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.


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 system that arrreola absurdity as an official truth and relies on the gullibility of the audience. Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article.

The horrified stranger, who keeps insisting that he must arrive at destination T the next 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. The residents accept this system, arteola hope for a change in the system. Nuevos versos y canciones, de Arthur Rimbaud.

The Switchman Original title: El derecho a Ser. He feels that those with authority create absurd laws and conditions in their domain, and their subjects often willingly accept these absurdities, much like guardagujaa train passengers.