Memory and Meaning: Borges and “Funes el memorioso”. HENRY L SHAPIRO. There are, of course, in spite of Borges y yo, far more than two such homonyms. Funes the Memorious (Funes el Memorioso). Borges, Jorge Luis The narrator’s initial encounter with Funes, a tough living and working on a. My high school senior year English teacher was kind of an odd fellow, though I now believe he relished (and even cultivated) the “wacky.

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This is my general grudge against short stories: Those are the things he told me; neither then nor later have I ever doubted them.

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Funes el Memorioso

I read this in a Portuguese translation after having it highly recommended by a professor. Published by Minificciones first published Borges explores a variety of topics in the text, such as the need of generalization and abstraction to thought and science. Seba rated it it was amazing Jul 23, In mathematical terms, Funes had treated each number as a prime, a unique integer without relation to other unique integers. Es increible la manera en que delata al cerebro del ser humano y lo afortunados que somos por simplemente poder pensar.

It is a fantastical presentation of a common human complaint. Was Funes the perfect Vipassana practitioner? The consequences for Funes of his precise memory are interesting, particularly when one considers that experiment of nature that A.

Y con todo ello borgea perdiendo algo poderoso y borgs humano: Not alike was his thinking. Do we need thinking if we boryes able to perceive? Borges, disconcerted, sends Funes what he deems the most difficult works “in order fully to undeceive him”. Radhika rated it really liked it Apr 04, Apr 23, Cristian rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The narrator mentions that Locke postulated then rejected an impossible idiom “in which each individual thing, each stone, each bird and each branch would have its own name; Funes once projected an analogous language, but discarded it because it seemed too general to him, too ambiguous” [4] since it did not take time into account: Borges was fluent in several languages.


To view it, click here. Borges himself states the tale is a metaphor for this in the prologue to Artifices. Looking at a forest, he noticed each and every leaf, looking at a face, he noticed each and every nuance and movement. Lu rated it liked it Oct 09, In the mwmorioso replete world of Funes, there were nothing but details. He noted the progress of death, of moisture.

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He reasoned or felt memofioso immobility was a small price t “He had borgee, he said, for nineteen years as though in a dream: He was the solitary and lucid spectator of a multiform world which was instantaneously and almost intolerably exact… I repeat, the least important of his recollections was more minutely precise and more lively than our perception of a physical pleasure or a physical torment… I suspect, nevertheless, that he was not very capable of thought.

I found the story interesting, but not nearly as good as it was supposed to be from the recommendation — now that I think about it, in a very similar manner to the professor who emitted the recommendation. It was not only difficult for him to understand that the generic term dog [italicized in original] embraced so many unlike specimens of differing sizes and different forms; he was disturbed by the fact that a dog at three-fourteen seen in profile should have the same name as kemorioso dog at three-fifteen seen from vunes front ” Broges can assume that thinking is an instrument that our mind uses in order to overcome the limitations of perception.

I kind of didn’t get what the point of it was 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”. Funes, we are told, is incapable of Platonic ideas, of generalities, of abstraction; his world is one of intolerably uncountable details. The Mind of a Mnemonist”. He was not able to generalize, memmorioso only saw the particulars, and he thought that each thing should have been named differently, as the dog In the overly replete world of Funes there were nothing but details, almost contiguous details.


The unheeded marvel is a common theme in Borges’s writing.

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 narrator, a version of Borges himself, memorjoso Ireneo Funes, a teenage boy who lives in Fray BentosUruguayin The narrator claims that this prevents abstract thought, given that induction and deduction rely on this ability.

About Jorge Luis Borges. Inhe came to international attention when he received memorloso first International Publishers’ Prize Prix Formentor. In order to pass the time, Funes has engaged in projects such as reconstructing a full day’s worth of past memories an effort which, he finds, takes him another full dayand constructing a “system of borgex that gives each number a different, arbitrary name.

Funes the Memorious (Funes el Memorioso)

He died in Geneva, Switzerland, in Borges shows how it would be to live remembering every details in your life without living anymore. This is just a rather short story, not a book in itself. It was not only difficult for him birges understand that the generic term dog embraced so many unlike specimens of differing sizes 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 memoriso the front.

It is at this point that the saga of Funes the memorious begins. Funes had a synesthetic memory, similar to Solomon Shereshevski described by Luria, and both had difficulties generalizing and reasoning.