My high school senior year English teacher was kind of an odd fellow, though I now believe he relished (and even cultivated) the “wacky. The situation of Jorge Luis Borges is, however, quite different. Like Sar- tre, Borges in the cuento, “Funes el memorioso”2 () from Ficciones. This story is. JORGE LUIS BORGES with my cousin Bernardo Haedo. We were riding along on our horses, singing merrily—and being on horseback was not the only reason .

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Funes el Memorioso

Lu rated it liked it Oct 09, Which makes reading them pointless for me. I need to talk to someone: Mejor no vivir que vivir sin poder olvidar nada nunca. Retrieved from ” https: Borges’s cousin asks the boy for the time, and Funes replies instantly, without the aid of a watch and accurate to the minute.

He reasoned or felt that immobility was a small price t “He had lived, he said, for nineteen years as though in a dream: Es increible la manera en que delata al jorrge del ser humano y lo afortunados que somos por simplemente poder pensar. Nov 03, Kanan Rustamli rated it it was amazing. borged

Funes enumerates to Borbes the cases of prodigious memory cited in the Historia Naturalisand adds that he marvels that those are considered marvellous. Later he applied his extravagant principle to the other numbers. Partly because he does indeed write fnes, and partly because sometimes his Spanish vocabulary goes right over my head: My friend highly recommended this story to me and I read it and Because “memorious” is a rare word in modern English, some translators opt for this alternate translation.

As he packs, he remembers the books and goes to Funes’s house. Plus, it is not clear, how much he was an observer and how much he identified with what he was? The Mind of a Mnemonist”.


The very existence of eidetic memory is controversial, although hyperthymesianow known meomrioso highly superior autobiographical memory HSAMthe ability to recall one’s past day-by-day, has been confirmed to exist by some neuroscientists Parker et al. Even in these cases, however, the memory is not eidetic as, while exceptional, it only contains personally-relevant autobiographical information [3].

Funes the Memorious

Borges explores a variety of topics in the text, such as the need of generalization and abstraction to thought and science. When dawn reveals Funes’s face, only 19 years old, Borges sees him “as monumental as bronze, more ancient than Egypt, anterior to the prophecies and the pyramids”. I kind of didn’t get what the point of it was As Borges tells about Funes: He reasoned or felt that immobility was a small price jorgw pay.

Later, when the narrator inquired what had become of Funes, he was told that the latter “had been thrown by a wild horse at the San Francisco ranch, and that he been hopelessly crippled” To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. He had not written fuunes down, for what he once meditated would not be erased.

Two or three times he had reconstructed an entire day; he had never once erred or faltered, but each reconstruction had itself taken an entire day. Now his perception and his memory were perfect. In that configuration, however, we would integrate with difficulty in the current society, similar to Sereshevski.

This is just a rather short story, not a book in itself.

MathFiction: Funes el Memorioso [Funes, His Memory] (Jorge Luis Borges)

Looking at a forest, he noticed each and every leaf, looking at a face, he noticed each and every nuance and movement. Jill Pricealong with 10 others, can remember with great accuracy most days of their lives starting from the average age of To ask other readers questions about Funes el Memoriosoplease sign up.


In the overly replete world of Funes there were nothing but details, almost contiguous details. Feb 18, Diana Torres rated it it was ok Shelves: The only things that could have stayed in his way is that he still tried to rely on the language, and name everything. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I have no idea how many stars he saw in the sky.

Funes the Memorious (Funes el Memorioso)

A poor, ignorant young boy in the outskirts of a small town, he is hopelessly limited in his possibilities, but says Borges his absurd projects reveal “a certain stammering greatness”.

Apr 23, Cristian rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He remembers, for example, the shape of clouds at all given moments, as well as the associated perceptions muscular, thermal, etc. Viana rated it it was ok Mar 15, Funes el Memorioso by Jorge Luis Borges.

This page was last edited on 24 Septemberat Borges himself states the tale is a metaphor for this in the prologue to Artifices. To view it, click here.

The story raises the unresolved question of how much unfulfilled potential the human brain truly contains. Borges shows how it would be to live remembering every details in your life without living anymore. May Learn how and luls to remove this template message. Sep 20, Marian Balza rated it liked it.

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