“Funes el memorioso” provides one of the better examples of this. .. 4 Emir Rodr ?guez Monegal, jorge Luis Borges: A Literary Biography (New York, ). Funes el Memorioso [Funes, His Memory] (). Jorge Luis Borges (click on names to see more mathematical fiction by the same author). 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.

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Andres Borbon rated it it was amazing Jun 15, On falling from the horse, he lost consciousness; when he recovered it, the present was almost intolerable it was so rich and bright; the same was true of the most ancient and most trivial memories.

Funees mother escorts him to a patio where the youth usually spends his dark hours. This is just a rather short story, not a book in itself. At that time there were no cinematographers, no phonographs; it nevertheless strikes me as implausible, even incredible, that no one ever performed an experiment with Funes. He could compare the setting of the clouds that he saw one day, with the veins on the cover of a book. I sat down, and repeated the story of the telegram and my father’s illness.

Views Read Edit View history. Was Funes the perfect Vipassana practitioner? Rl have no idea how many stars he saw in the sky. Reading my way into L. The story raises the unresolved question of how much unfulfilled potential the human brain truly contains. The room smelled vaguely of dampness. I want to read Borges stories with all the original linguistic sl, and I don’t want fe read the Spanish equivalent of Sweet Valley Highso as far as what I’m using to brush up my language abilities, I’m over a barrel.

Funes the Memorious

Later he applied his extravagant principle to the other numbers. No trivia or quizzes yet.


Nov 03, Kanan Rustamli rated it it was amazing. He was a target of political persecution during the Peron regime and supported the military juntas that overthrew it. Funes tries to systematize more and more of his memory to rectify perceived flaws in the order of things.

If one can remember and never forget, for instance, one will also forever retain the memories of remembering every memory they have. He was able to reconstruct every dream, every daydream he had ever had. For nineteen years, he said, he had lived like a borgss in a fnues We can assume that thinking is an instrument that our mind uses in order to overcome the limitations of perception.

The concept in this one is simple: This is a wonderful site. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. With perfect perception, like Funes’s, our reasoning becomes unnecessary.

Funes el Memorioso

Funes did not understand me, or did not wish mwmorioso understand me. Funes el Memorioso [Funes, His Memory] As Borges tells about Funes: Now his perception and his memory were perfect.

Borges’s cousin asks the boy for the time, and Funes replies instantly, funs the aid of a watch and accurate to the minute. Days later, Borges receives a telegram from Buenos Aires calling for his return due to his father’s ill health. In lieu of five hundred, he would say nine.

Funes may be compared to an autistic savantin that he has acquired an extraordinary ability, memorywithout the obvious need for study or practice. Cristina Molina rated it really liked it Apr 25, The very existence of eidetic memory is controversial, although hyperthymesianow known as highly superior autobiographical memory HSAMthe ability to recall one’s past day-by-day, has been confirmed to exist by some me,orioso Parker et al.

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Y con todo ello estamos perdiendo algo poderoso y profundamente humano: Borges spends the whole night talking to Funes in the dark. This is just one work of mathematical fiction from the list. He died in Geneva, Switzerland, in With evident good faith Funes marvelled that such things should be considered marvellous.


The first stimulus to his work, I believe, had been his discontent with the fact that “thirty-three Uruguayans” required two symbols and three words, rather than a single word and a single symbol. And now, his perception and his memory were infallible. He reasoned or felt that immobility was a small price t “He had lived, he said, for nineteen years as though in a dream: Phentermine June 28, at In that configuration, however, we would integrate with difficulty in the current society, similar to Sereshevski.

Funes claims to have invented a system of enumeration which gives every numeral up to at least 24, its own arbitrary name. Ireneo began by enumerating, in Latin and Spanish, the cases of prodigious memory cited in the Historia Naturalis: All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from August All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from January Articles with permanently dead external links Articles with Russian-language external links Articles needing additional references from May All articles needing additional references.

The whole idea of Ireneo suffering even due to having exact memories of his own different grimaces, and consequently not even recognising himself whenever he stared in the mirror gave me chills!

My high school senior year English teacher was kind of an odd fellow, though I now believe he relished and even cultivated the “wacky English teacher” status. Feb 26, Paty Pana rated it really liked it.