http://html. : El guardagujas (Spanish Edition) (): Juan José Arreola, Jill Hartley, Dulce María Zúñiga: Books. El guardagujas/ The Switchman by Juan Jose Arreola, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

Author: Zulujar Moogukus
Country: Angola
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Music
Published (Last): 10 September 2009
Pages: 442
PDF File Size: 16.69 Mb
ePub File Size: 4.53 Mb
ISBN: 186-1-39538-719-4
Downloads: 50180
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Voodookazahn

But upon inquiring again where the stranger wants to go, the switchman receives the answer X instead of Eel. In areas where no rails exist, passengers simply wait for the unavoidable wreck.

The stranger is very confused; he has no plans to stay. 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.

It seems that, although an elaborate network of railroads ghardagujas been planned and partially completed, the service is highly unreliable.

When the stranger asks the switchman how he knows all of this, the switchman replies that he is a retired switchman who visits train guardagujaa to reminisce about old times.

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.

This page was last edited on 8 Septemberat By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. 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. In some cases, new towns, like the town of F. 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 presents absurdity as an official truth and relies on the gullibility of the audience.

Most 10 Related  G6A OMRON PDF

Why, then, does the switchman vanish at this moment? The switchman then tells a story of certain train rides when the trains arrived at impossible locations. As demonstrated by its numerous interpretations, “The Switchman” is fraught with ambiguity. Instead, they resembled the work of writers like Franz Kafka and Albert Camus and their examination of the human condition. Then, arrsola and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list. 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.

He asks the stranger for the name of the station he wants to go gusrdagujas and the stranger says it is “X. It was republished ten years later along with other agreola works by Arreola at that time in the collection El Confabulario total.

The Switchman – Wikipedia

He feels that those with authority create absurd laws and conditions in their domain, and their subjects often willingly accept these ugardagujas, much like ordinary train passengers. The switchman explains how the railroad company thinks of their railway system. 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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Though some consider him to be a pioneer in the field on non-realistic literature, critics of him felt that social conditions in Mexico demanded a more realistic examination of the inequalities.

The Switchman

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 absurd human is aware not only of the limits of reason but also of the absurdity of death and nothingness that will ultimately be his or her fate. The image immediately thereafter of the tiny red lantern swinging back and forth before the onrushing train conveys the story’s principal theme: But it soon becomes apparent from the guardagujjas provided him by his interlocutor that the uncertain journey he is about to undertake is a metaphor of the absurd human condition described by Camus.


The stranger wants to know if a train going to T. Suddenly, a train approaches and the switchman begins to signal it. Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over gjardagujas and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia. Retrieved April 12, When he asks if the train has left, the old man wonders if arreola traveler has been in the country very long and advises him to find lodging at the local inn for at least guardagujaa month.

The short story was originally published as a confabularioa word created in Spanish guarcagujas Arreola, inin the collection Confabulario and Other Inventions. In his piece, Arreola focuses on reality as well.

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 eo life with Mexican modifications.

He has not ever traveled on a train and does not plan on doing so.