/ Jorge Luis Borges read as a direct narrative of novelistic events, and also in another way. The heterogenous census of the authors whom I con-. IN “FUNES, T he Memorious,” Borges embarks upon an examination of the nature of .. 1 Jorge Luis Borges, Ficciones (New York: Grove Press, ), p. In , the great Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges (–) published Funes the Memorious. It is the fictional story of Ireneo Funes.

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Finally, while the penultimate sentence is amusing no matter how it is rendered, both the setup and the final selection of words appear stronger in Irby.

I was told he never moved from his cot, with his eyes fixed on the fig tree in morge back or on a spider web. During the years eighty-five and eighty-six we spent the summer in Montevideo.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I can conjure up my memory of a beautiful woman, adorn her ears with glittering jewelry if I so choose, make her give me an enchanting smile, and so on.

Towards the end of his time in Europe, he completed translations of German expressionist poetry. InPenguin bought E.

It continues to publish that book today, as part of the Penguin Classics imprint; while New Directions continues to publish Labyrinths in the United States. Yates and James E. Borges explores a variety of topics in the text, such as the need of generalization and abstraction to thought and science.

Email required Address never made public. 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.

Because Funes can distinguish every physical object at every distinct time of viewing, he has no clear need of generalization or detail-suppression for the management of sense impressions. In place of five hundred, he would say nine. His voice was speaking in Latin; his voice which came from the darkness was articulating with morose delight a speech or prayer or incantation.


We tunes an alleyway that sank down between two very high brick sidewalks.

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Thanks for this — this is profoundly interesting information. I crossed the tile patio, the little passageway; I reached the second patio. Jill Pricealong with 10 others, can remember with great accuracy most days of their lives starting from the average age of In the afternoons, he would let him-self be brought out memoeious the window.

The narrator claims that tne prevents abstract thought, given that induction and deduction rely on this ability. Dutton throughout the s. He reveals that, since his fall from the horse, he perceives everything in full detail and remembers it funs.

My first memory of Funes is very perspicuous. Highbrowcity slickerdude: The translations by Irby and Hurley of the passage above may be closely compared. Borges correctly points out fjnes him that this is precisely the opposite of a system of enumeration, but Funes is incapable of such understanding. My favourite passage from the story, in the Irby translation, reads as follows: Even in these cases, however, the memory is not eidetic as, while exceptional, it only contains personally-relevant autobiographical information [3].

When I packed my valise, I noticed the Gradus and the first volume of the Naturalis historia were missing. Tags from the story. British-American neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks cites Luria’s book as the inspiration for his own book, Awakeningswhich is dedicated to Luria.

I did not know whether to attribute to insolence, ignorance or stupidity kuis idea that the arduous Latin tongue should require no other instrument than a dictionary; to disillusion him fully, I sent him the Gradus ad Parnassum memoriious Quicherat and the work by Pliny.


My favourite passage from the story, in the Irby translation, reads as follows:.

He told me that toward he had devised a new system of enumeration and that in a very few days he had gone beyond twenty-four thousand. Funes’s mother escorts him to a patio where the youth usually spends his dark hours.

It is a memroious presentation of a common human complaint. There was a grape arbor; the darkness seemed complete to me. 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”. Funes never spoke these injurious words, but I am sufficiently certain I represented for gunes those misfortunes.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. This section needs additional citations for verification. I remember the sensation of uneasy magic the news produced in me: I shall not try to reproduce the words, which are now irrecoverable.

Funes the Memorious

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. With members from six committees gathered to reach a decision, a tie transpired between Borges and Beckett, as the French, Spanish and Italian members pushed for Borges, and the American, British and German members insisted memrious on Beckett.

We were singing as we rode along and being on horseback was not the only circumstance determining my memorios. This freedom to redefine the world, to categorize it, to predict it, to approximate it by modeling it in mind is the basis of much that helps us to survive the world we live in.