Funes the Memorious (Funes el Memorioso). Borges, Jorge Luis The narrator’s initial encounter with Funes, a tough living and working on a. 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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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”.

Es increible la manera en que jorgf al cerebro del ser humano y lo afortunados que somos por simplemente poder pensar. He also worked as a librarian and public lecturer. Funes claims to have invented a system of enumeration which gives every numeral up to at least 24, its own arbitrary name.

Apr 23, Cristian rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Although the ending is not a surprise ending, I shall desist from revealing fuunes since there is a touch of irony in it.

Funes the Memorious

Need a bit more enlightenment on this. Borges himself states the tale is a metaphor for this in the prologue to Artifices. Two or three times he had reconstructed an entire day; he funds never once erred or faltered, but each reconstruction had itself taken an entire day. We can assume that thinking is an instrument that our mind uses in order to overcome the limitations of perception.

Funes the Memorious (Funes el Memorioso)

Memoripso own face in the mirror, his own hands, surprised him on every occasion… Funes could continuously make out the tranquil advances of corruption, of caries, of fatigue. Funes thinks he’s intelligent by remembering his memories when he actually isn’t because their is no real thoughts and arguments running though his mind.


In that configuration, however, we would integrate with difficulty in the current society, similar to Sereshevski.

Open Preview See a Problem? I found it so innovative and unique, and it was all condensed in 8 pages! For Funes, with only these texts and a dictionary, has learned Latin and memorized the texts.

Funes el Memorioso

He could compare the setting of the clouds that he saw one day, with the veins on the cover of a book. He was a target of political persecution during the Peron regime, and supported the military juntas that overthrew it. The narrator, a version of Borges himself, meets Ireneo Funes, a teenage boy who lives in Fray BentosUruguayin With perfect perception, like Funes’s, our reasoning becomes unnecessary. The story raises the unresolved question of how much unfulfilled potential the human brain truly contains.

Place Published New York. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Jun 10, Loops Wuadaloops rated it it was amazing. The only things that could have stayed in his way is that he still tried to rely on the language, and name everything. Seba rated it it was amazing Jul 23, Jill Pricealong with 10 others, can remember with great accuracy most days of their lives starting from the average age of The early death of Funes echoes the idea of unfulfilled potential, the wasted miracle of a plainsman with phenomenal abilities who lives and dies in obscurity.

I kind of didn’t get what the point of it was Radhika rated it really liked it Apr 04, Nov 03, Kanan Rustamli rated it it was amazing. Because “memorious” is a rare word in modern English, some translators opt for this alternate translation.


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Nor were those memories simple—every visual image was linked to muscular sensations, thermal sensations, and so on. He learns that Ireneo Funes has meanwhile suffered a horseback riding accident and is now hopelessly crippled.

To think is to forget a difference, to generalize, to abstract. Cristina Molina rated it really liked it Apr 25, He died in Geneva, Switzerland, in Andres Borbon rated it it was amazing Jun 15, To see what your friends thought borrges this book, please sign up. Borges, disconcerted, sends Funes what lkis deems the most difficult works “in order fully to undeceive him”. Looking at a forest, he noticed each and every leaf, looking at a face, he noticed each and every nuance and movement.

British-American neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks cites Luria’s book as the inspiration for his own book, Awakeningswhich is dedicated to Luria.

Sep 02, Shira rated it it was ok Shelves: Funes has an immediate intuition of the mane of ,emorioso horse or the form of a constantly changing flame that is comparable to our normal people’s intuition of a simple geometric shape such as a triangle or square.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Ireneo Funes, the protagonist, after an accident, was bestowed with the absolute memory and the keenest perception. Due to a hereditary condition, Borges became blind in his late fifties. Want to Read saving…. This is stated in the line “To think is to forget a difference, to generalize, to abstract.

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