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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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Funes el Memorioso

As narrative this can be seen as extended version of insomnia. Because “memorious” is a rare word in modern English, some translators opt for this alternate translation. Jun 10, Loops Wuadaloops rated it it was amazing. His work was translated and published widely in the United States and in Europe. I need to talk to someone: Nor were those memories simple—every visual image was linked to muscular sensations, thermal sensations, and so on.

Funes the Memorious

He noted the progress of death, of moisture. Open Preview See a Problem? May Learn how and when to remove this template message. Funes had a synesthetic memory, similar to Solomon Shereshevski described by Luria, and both had difficulties generalizing and reasoning.

Commentary The consequences for Funes of his precise memory are interesting, particularly when one considers that experiment of nature that A.

Funes el Memorioso by Jorge Luis Borges

Those are the things he told me; neither then nor later have I ever doubted them. It is at this point that the saga of Funes the memorious begins. 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” Cristina Molina rated it really liked it Apr 25, It was shortly afterward that he learned he jorve crippled; memoruoso that fact he hardly took notice.


Now his perception and his memory were perfect.

Miscellaneous Introduction by Anthony Kerrigan. In that configuration, however, we would integrate with difficulty in the current society, similar to Sereshevski.

Rebekkane rated it really liked it Aug 21, He finds it very difficult to sleep, since he recalls “every crevice and every moulding of the various houses which [surround] him”. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Funes has an immediate intuition of the mane of a 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.

D This short story tells us about a guy who became paralyzed while simultaneously gaining some super-human abilities. 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. 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.


Borges’s fiction reads like a magic incantation. Sin poder filtar ni descuidar nada, sin poder meterse a un lado las memorias que molestan.

But then, jorgr our lives we postpone everything that can be postponed; perhaps we all have the certainty, deep inside, that we are immortal and that sooner or later every man will do everything, know all there is to know. Sep 02, Jorhe rated it it was ok Shelves: Funes, we are told, is incapable of Platonic ideas, of generalities, of abstraction; his world is one of intolerably uncountable details. To view it, click here. Luria encountered and described in his book, The Mind of a Mnemonist: Apr 09, Jorge Hurtado rated it it was amazing.

It was not only difficult for him to understand that fumes generic term dog embraced so many unlike specimens of differing funew and different forms; he was disturbed by the fact that a dog at three-fourteen seen in profile should have the same name as the dog at three fifteen seen from the front. For Funes, with only these texts and a dictionary, has learned Latin and memorized the texts. In mathematical terms, Funes had treated each number as a prime, a unique integer without relation to other unique integers.