In , the great Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges (–) published Funes the Memorious. It is the fictional story of Ireneo Funes. IN “FUNES, T he Memorious,” Borges embarks upon an examination of the nature of communication. Ireneo Funes, the object of this fictional testimonial, is. Highbrow, city slicker, dude: Funes never spoke these injurious words, but I am sufficiently certain I represented for him those misfortunes. Pedro Leandro.

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Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Funes sits in a dark room memorios goes over the events in his past. Place Published New York.

Funes the Memorious (Funes el Memorioso)

I find it very satisfactory that all those who 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. 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”.

I was told he had been thrown by a half-tamed horse on the San Francisco ranch and was left hopelessly paralyzed. The real-life case of Daniel Tammet b.

In fact, Funes, as a result of thee injury, has learned to live in the present, a present that “was almost intolerable it was so rich and bright; the same was true of the most ancient and most trivial memories” Borges’s memoripus asks the boy for the time, and Funes replies instantly, without the fujes of a watch and accurate to the minute. I did not know whether to attribute to insolence, ignorance or stupidity the 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 of Quicherat and the work by Pliny.


The early death of Funes memotious the idea of unfulfilled potential, the wasted miracle of a plainsman with phenomenal abilities who lives and dies in obscurity.

I never saw him more than three times; the last was in Funes did not understand me, or did not wish to understand me” In eighty-seven I returned to Fray Bentos.

For Funes, with only these texts and a dictionary, has learned Latin and memorized the texts.

In the afternoons, he would let him-self be brought out to the window. Borges spends the whole night talking to Funes in the dark.

I prefer to summarize with veracity the many things Ireneo told me. Not without a certain vaingloriousness, I had begun at that time my methodical study of Latin. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

It is at this point that the saga of Funes the memorious begins. I remember him, with his face taciturn and Indian-like and singularly remotebehind the cigarette.

He finds it very difficult to sleep, since he recalls “every crevice and fues moulding of the various houses which [surround] him”. Funes enumerates to Borges the cases of prodigious memory cited in the Historia Naturalisand adds that he marvels that those are considered marvellous. I now arrive at the most difficult point in my story.

Funes the Memorious

In lieu of five hundred, he would say nine [italicized in original]” In mathematical terms, Funes had treated each number as a prime, a memlrious integer without relation to other unique integers.

My deplorable status as an Argentine will prevent me from indulging in a dithyramb, an obligatory genre in Uruguay whenever the subject is an Uruguayan. The story raises the unresolved question of how much unfulfilled potential the human brain truly contains. I remember I think his angular, leather-braiding hands.

His handwriting was perfect, very sharply outlined; his orthography, of the type favored by Andres Hte This is stated in the line “To think is to forget memlrious difference, to generalize, to abstract. During the years eighty-five and eighty-six we spent the summer in Montevideo. Borges returns to Buenos Airesthen in comes back to Fray Bentos, intending to relax and study some Latin.


The Mind of a Mnemonist”. I remember the sensation of uneasy magic the news produced in me: I was tbe to find the evening no less oppressive than the day had been. This page was last edited on 24 Septemberat British-American neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks cites Luria’s book as the inspiration for his own book, Awakeningswhich is dedicated to Luria.

The narrator points this out to Funes, i.

Funes the Memorious – Wikipedia

He carried his pride to the point of acting as if the blow memoriojs had felled him were beneficial. Aust N Z J Psychiatry. I was returning from the San Francisco ranch with my cousin Bernardo Haedo. Funes may be compared to an autistic savantin that he has acquired memorous extraordinary ability, memorywithout the obvious need for study or practice.

Borges himself states memorioud tale is a metaphor for this in the prologue to Artifices. As narrative this can be seen as extended version of insomnia. Bernardo cried to him unexpectedly: Twice I saw him behind the iron grating of the the window, which harshly emphasized his condition as a perpetual prisoner: There was a grape arbor; the darkness seemed complete to me.

May Learn how and when to remove this template message. I remember the cigarette in his hard face, against the now limitless runes cloud. The narrator claims that this prevents abstract thought, given that induction and deduction rely on this ability. 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.