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Arreola is an experimental writer of short works in the tradition of Jorge Luis Borges whose fame rests on Confabulario Total which was published in Arreola keeps us on his toes. A stranger carrying a large suitcase runs towards a juwn station, and manages to arrive exactly at the time that his train bound for a town identified only as T. Shortly afterward, he traveled to Paris at the invitation of Louis Jouvet. 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.

The Sorrows of Young Werther b. Retrieved April 12, Arreola writes in short forms, but his works have as much in common with poetry as they do with traditional short stories.

Career Takes Off InArreola wrote his only novel, The Fair, a work often cited as one of his most significant literary accomplishments. This latter work was expanded and renamed Bestiaries and appeared, along with almost everything else he had previously published, in the Confabulario and Other Inventions of Professor Bill Yarrow from Joliet Junior College moderated the curriculum session and produced the following study guide and lesson plans.

In the tale a scientist devises a costly method—which would be financed by wealthy people—to disintegrate a camel and thus allow it to pass through a needle. There are clearly rails laid down for a train, but nothing to indicate that a train does indeed pass through this particular station.


Arreola’s production of new fiction dropped off after Palindrome, as he focused his attention on lecturing and became involved in television. They are unusual stories, told from odd angles, offering unexpected insight.

The Switchman

Absurdity The absurdity in Arreola’s short stories appears with different modifications. InArreola got a job as a reporter and eventually became head of the circulation department for El Occidental in Guadalajara.

The switchman turns to tell the stranger that he is lucky. No eBook available Amazon. As the man speculates about where his train might be, he feels a touch on his shoulder and turns to see a small old man dressed like a railroader and carrying a lantern.

The Switchman On one level jkse 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.

It was republished ten years later along with other published works by Arreola at that time in the collection El Confabulario total. It was confabularik the Jalisco Literary Prize in Does understanding the meaning of the title help to explicate the story, enlarge the story with another layer of meaning, or does it merely confuse matters even more?

However, his next collection of stories, Confabulariopublished three years later, inspired generally positive comment. He feels that those with authority create absurd laws and conditions in their domain, and their subjects often joe accept these absurdities, much like ordinary train passengers. Le Fablier – France.

Views Read Edit View history. Inhe appeared in the controversial Alejandro Jodorowsky film Fando y Liswhich was eventually banned in Mexico. Other editions – View all Confabulario Snippet view – En este Confabulario -compuesto con cuentos y prosas de muy dufentes facturas e intenciones– Juan Jose Arreola nos ofrece las diversas y fascinantes confabularrio de una imaginacion que se halla audazmente dispuesta a la aventura verbal.


The switchman then tells a story of certain train rides when the trains arrived at impossible locations. Instead, the novel develops from related and unrelated scenes, partial conversations, and portions of letters and diaries; it suggests plot and character instead of depicting them directly.

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That same year he was awarded the Xavier Villaurrutia Prize. There is something to be said for that, but it should be noted. InArreola published Confabulariowidely considered to be his first great work. Arreola’s prose creates a poetic vision out of a situation where horror is established from the very first lines.

He was back in Mexico City the following year, working in an editorial position at the Fondo arrsola Cultura Economica.

Juan José Arreola

In some cases, new towns, like the town of F. Aroundhe began collaborating on the anthology Los Presentesand received a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. Ask the students or have them write about whether Arreola is making fun of religion in the story. Have students discuss or write about this question. Inhe published The Switchman El Guardagujas.

Juan José Arreola – Wikipedia

The Train and the Desert Experience Confluencia. The first section is a Bestiary of some two dozen animals, each written about in no more than three or four paragraphs.

The details of the story do not really support his claim that he is indeed an official switchman, so arrrola may be that his tales represent a system that presents absurdity as an official truth and relies on the gullibility of the audience.