http://html. Libro de homenajes, de Jorge Teillier. .. El guardagujas dio un brinco, y se puso a hacer señales ridículas y desordenadas con su linterna. The Switchman (Original title: El Guardagujas) is an existentialist short story by Mexican writer Juan José Arreola. The short story was originally published as a.

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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. The stranger is warned that if he is lucky enough to board any train, he must also be vigilant about his point of departure. He has not ever traveled on a train and does not plan on doing so.

He feels that those with authority create absurd laws and conditions in their domain, and their subjects often willingly accept these absurdities, much like ordinary train passengers. In some cases, new towns, like the town of F. Como usted puede darse cuenta, los rieles existen, aunque un tanto averiados.

The short story was originally published as a confabularioa word created in Spanish by Arreola, inin the collection Confabulario and Other Inventions. En otras palabras, al subir a un tren, nadie espera ser conducido al sitio que desea.

Todo un lado de los vagones se estremece lamentablemente con los golpes que dan las ruedas sobre los durmientes. The railroad company occasionally creates false train stations in remote locations to abandon people when the trains become too crowded. Suscribirse a Entradas Atom. The switchman explains how the railroad company guardaguuas of their railway system. This page was last edited on 8 Septemberat Hay estaciones que son pura apariencia: Pero los viajeros me cuentan historias.


Una vez que los viajeros se hallan a cierta distancia, el tren escapa a todo vapor. He does not understand why the stranger insists on going to T.

The stranger is very confused; he has no plans to stay. The stranger argues that he should be able to go to T.

In areas where no rails exist, passengers simply wait for the unavoidable wreck. 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. As the man speculates guuardagujas where his train might be, he feels a touch on his shoulder and turns to see a small old guardaujas dressed like a railroader and carrying a lantern.

The residents accept this system, but hope for a change in the system. The switchman turns to tell the stranger that he is lucky. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Guafdagujas Policy. 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.

Comentarios de la entrada Atom. No crea que faltan ocasiones para que los viajeros demuestren su valor y sus capacidades de sacrificio. Suddenly, a train approaches and the switchman begins to signal it. The “switchman” tells the stranger that the country is famous for its railroad system; though many timetables and lirbo have been produced, the trains do not follow them well.

Mexican literature short stories. Algunas de esas amistades se transformaron pronto en idilios, y el resultado ha sido F. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

In their view, their elaborate system, which includes accommodations for years-long trips and even for deaths, is very good. En ocasiones, estos trenes forzados recorren trayectos en que falta uno de los rieles. Descontexto Editores, Santiago de Chile, The switchman then tells a story of certain train rides when the trains arrived at impossible locations.


Descontexto: “El guardagujas”, de Juan José Arreola

Los viajeros de primera -es otra de las previsiones de la empresa- se colocan del lado en que hay riel. No trate a ninguno de los pasajeros. No he viajado nunca, ni tengo ganas de hacerlo. Librro one case, where the train reached an abyss with no bridge, the passengers happily broke down and rebuilt the train on the other side.

Enlaces Go Ediciones Letras. Nostalgia de la Tierra, de Jorge Teillier.

The Switchman

Me gusta que no abandone usted su proyecto. Yo debo llegar a T. De este lado del cielo. Invitan a los pasajeros a que desciendan de los vagones, generalmente con el pretexto de que admiren las bellezas de un determinado lugar. Pero ellos se dan cuenta en seguida de todos los sentidos que puede tener una frase, por sencilla que sea.

Hace circular trenes por lugares intransitables. The switchman says he cannot guareagujas that he can get the stranger a train to T. When the stranger asks the switchman how he knows all of this, the switchman replies that he is a retired switchman who visits train stations to reminisce about old times.

Retrieved April 12, Grodek, de Georg Trakl. Debo hallarme en T. Suba usted al tren con la idea fija de que va a llegar a T.