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Suddenly, a train approaches and the switchman begins to signal it.

In areas where no rails exist, passengers simply wait for the unavoidable wreck. The image immediately thereafter of the tiny red lantern swinging back and forth before the onrushing train conveys the story’s principal theme: 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 of life with Mexican modifications.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. English Choose a language for shopping. From the first lines of “The Switchman” the 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.

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? This page was last edited on 8 Septemberat Another episode involves a trainload of energetic passengers who became heroes absurd heroes in Camusian terms when they disassembled their train, carried it across a bridgeless chasm, and reassembled it on the other side in order to complete their journey.

He asks the stranger for the name of the station he wants to go to and the stranger says it is “X. The Switchman Original title: The stranger wants to know if a train going to T. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs.

Arreola’s ingenious tale exudes a very Mexican flavor, but above all else it is a universal statement on the existential human’s precarious place in the world. Retrieved from ” https: Three years later Arreola received a scholarship to study in Paris, where he may well have read these highly acclaimed essays. 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.

The stranger is warned that if he is lucky enough to board any train, he must also be vigilant about his point of departure. As the stranger is very interested in this, the switchman once again encourages the stranger to guzrdagujas 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

In addition, it is not really clear that the system does operate in the way the switchman claims: Share your thoughts with other customers. When he asks if the train has left, the old man wonders if the traveler has been in the country very long and advises him to find lodging at the local inn for at least a month. 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.

Withoutabox Submit to Guarragujas Festivals. But it soon becomes apparent from the information 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.

In their view, their elaborate system, which includes accommodations for years-long trips and even for deaths, is very good. The switchman’s anecdote about the founding of the village F, which occurred when a train accident stranded a group of passengers—now happy settlers—in a remote region, illustrates the element of chance in human existence.

The switchman then tells a story of certain train rides when guwrdagujas trains arrived at impossible locations.

The switchman tells the le that the inn is filled with people who have made that very same assumption, and who may one day actually get there. The stranger is also told it should make no difference to him whether or not he reaches T, that once he is on the train his life “will indeed take on some direction. Write a customer review.

The Switchman (El Guardagujas) by Juan José Arreola, |

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And the conductors’ pride in never failing to deposit their deceased passengers on the station platforms as prescribed by their tickets suggests that the only certain human destination is death, a fundamental absurdist concept.

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

The railroad company occasionally creates false train guardagujae in remote locations to abandon people when the trains become too crowded. The stranger is very confused; he has no plans to stay. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Camus writes that neither humans alone nor the world by itself is absurd.