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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El guardagujas – Juan José Arreola – Google Books

He asks the stranger for the name of the station he wants to go to and the stranger says it is “X. The stranger is very confused; he has no plans to stay. Mexican literature short stories.

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. Where there is only one rail instead of two, the trains zip along and allow the first class passengers lirbo side of the train riding on the rail. Todo un lado de los vagones se estremece lamentablemente con los golpes que dan las ruedas sobre los durmientes.

Como usted puede darse cuenta, los rieles existen, aunque un tanto averiados. 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.


In addition, it is not really clear that the rl does operate in the way the switchman claims: 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. In his piece, Arreola focuses on reality as well. Lijadas por la arena, las ruedas se gastaron hasta los ejes. Suddenly, a train approaches and the switchman begins to signal it.

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.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The short story was originally published as a confabularioa word created in Spanish by Arreola, inin the collection Confabulario and Other Inventions. The stranger wants to know if a train going to T.

The Switchman – Wikipedia

In their view, their elaborate system, which includes accommodations for years-long trips and even for deaths, is very good. Libro de homenajes, de Jorge Teillier. As the stranger is very interested in this, the switchman once again encourages the stranger to try his luck, but warns him not to talk to fellow passengers, who may be spies, and to watch out for mirages that the railroad company generates.

The switchman says he cannot e, that he can get the stranger a train to T.


The Switchman

Invitan a los pasajeros a que desciendan de los vagones, generalmente con el pretexto de que admiren las bellezas de un determinado lugar. Grodek, de Georg Trakl. Una vez que los viajeros se hallan a cierta distancia, guardgujas tren escapa a todo vapor.

The railroad company occasionally creates false train stations in remote locations to abandon people when the trains become too crowded. Pero los viajeros me cuentan historias.

Nuevos versos y canciones, de Arthur Rimbaud. Los viajeros pasaron tanto tiempo, que de las obligadas conversaciones triviales surgieron amistades estrechas.

Suscribirse a Entradas Atom. En otras palabras, al subir a un tren, nadie espera ser conducido al sitio que desea. Para regular la vida a bordo de los vagones demasiado repletos, la empresa se ve obligada a echar mano de ciertos expedientes.

He has not ever traveled on a train and does not plan on doing so. No trate a ninguno de los pasajeros. Retrieved April 12, Yuardagujas one case, where the train reached an abyss with no bridge, the passengers happily broke down and rebuilt the train on the other side.