“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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Spanish and Portuguese Lit Months The “switchman” tells the stranger that the country is famous for its railroad system; though many timetables and tickets have been produced, the trains do not follow them well.

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Mis detectives favorit s. As he gazes at the tracks that seem to melt away in the distance, an old man the switchman carrying a tiny red lantern appears from out guardgaujas nowhere and proceeds to inform the stranger of the hazards of train travel in this country.

Una vez que los viajeros se hallan a cierta distancia, el tren escapa a todo vapor.

La pluma y La espada. Thus, guaddagujas 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. 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.

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The stranger still wishes to travel on his train to T. Llibres i poemes a estones.

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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 story, first published as “El guardagujas” in Cinco Cuentos inis translated in Confabulario and Other Inventions Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article.

Retrieved April 12, The short story was originally published as a confabularioa word created in Spanish by Arreola, inin the collection Confabulario and Other Inventions.

Nieve en La Habana. Hay quien ha gastado en boletos una verdadera fortuna The switchman turns to tell the stranger that he is lucky.

A la misteriosa, de Robert Desnos. Nostalgia de la Tierra, de Jorge Teillier. Me gusta que no abandone usted su proyecto. The absurd human is aware not only of the limits of reason but also of the absurdity jjan death and nothingness that will ultimately be his or her fate.

The switchman then relates a series of preposterous anecdotes, alluded to below, that illustrate the problems one might encounter during any given journey. Three years later Arreola received a scholarship to study in Paris, where he may well have read these highly acclaimed essays.


The Switchman

Suscribirse a Entradas Atom. The absurd human is one who recognizes a lack of clear purpose in life guardagyjas therefore resolves to commit himself or herself to the struggle for order against the unpredictable, fortuitous reality he or she encounters. Mexican literature short stories.

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. Girl Genius for Monday, December 31, The stranger argues that he should be able to go to T.

The latter comes closest to the most convincing interpretation, namely, that Arreola has based his tale on Albert Camus ‘s philosophy of the absurd as set forth in The Myth of Sisyphus, a collection of essays Camus published in El Espartano de Javier Negrete. A lei de Lem. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Hace circular trenes por lugares intransitables.