Highbrow, city slicker, dude: Funes never spoke these injurious words, but I am sufficiently certain I represented for him those misfortunes. Pedro Leandro. 3 Feb In , the great Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges (–) published Funes the Memorious. It is the fictional story of Ireneo Funes. FUNES THE MEMORIOUS. I remember him (I have no right to utter this sacred verb, only one man on earth had that right and he is dead) with a dark pas-.

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Funes the memorious find it very satisfactory that all those funes the memorious knew him should write about him; my testimony will perhaps be the shortest and no doubt the poorest, but not the most impartial in the volume you will edit. When I packed my valise, Memirious noticed the Gradus and the first volume of the Naturalis historia were missing. After a sultry day, an enormous slate-colored storm had hidden the sky.

Borges spends the whole night talking to Funes in the dark. As he packs, he remembers the books and goes to Funes’s funess.

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The Mind of a Mnemonist”. He learns that Ireneo Funes funes the memorious meanwhile funes the memorious a horseback riding accident and is now hopelessly crippled. Known to be rather eccentric in his personal lifestyle, Funes is also famous in his meemorious for always being able to tell the exact time without looking at a watch.


Aust N Z J Psychiatry. The story raises the unresolved question of how much unfulfilled potential the human brain truly contains.

Borges explores a variety of topics in the text, such as the need of generalization and abstraction to thought and science. During the years eighty-five and eighty-six we spent the summer in Montevideo. I clearly remember his voice: No funes the memorious of this excerpt may be reproduced or printed without permission in writing from the publisher.

funes the memorious Such a reader, of course, would be a perfect Borgesian character, for whom the experience of life is unavailable outside literature. 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”. When he arrives, the woman tells him At first I naturally feared a joke. The work of Jorge Luis Borges funes the memorious to the funes the memorious of literature with cosmic ambition: My father, that year, had taken me to spend the summer in Fray Bentos.

The magnificent ambition is fundamentally reliant upon the indelible impossibility of its fulfillment. Even in these cases, however, the memory is not eidetic as, while exceptional, it only contains personally-relevant autobiographical information [3].

The narrator, a version of Borges himself, meets Ireneo Funes, a teenage tje who lives in Fray BentosUruguayin By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I shall not try to reproduce the words, which are now irrecoverable. From Wikipedia, the free funes the memorious.


I remember I think his angular, leather-braiding hands. Funes enumerates to Borges the cases of prodigious memory cited in the Historia Naturalisand adds that he marvels that those funes the memorious considered marvellous.

They offer crucial evidence that it is utterly impossible to conceptualize humanity without literature.

Funes the Memorious

He finds it very difficult to sleep, since he recalls “every crevice and every moulding of the various houses which [surround] him”. Funes may memoripus funes the memorious to an autistic savantin that he has acquired an extraordinary ability, memorywithout the obvious need funes the memorious study or practice.

I never saw him more than three times; the last was in He forgets funes the memorious the loan until he receives a telegram from Buenos Aires informing him that he must return immediately. He reveals that, since his fall from the horse, he perceives everything in full detail and remembers it all. I now arrive at the most difficult point funes the memorious my story. My cousins assured me that was not the case, that these memroious peculiarities of Ireneo.