In The Stranger, a novel by Albert Camus, and in “Funes the Memorious,” a short story by Jorge Luis Borges, the homodiegetic narrators have a significant Mémoire is the mental faculty (memory in a general sense), and souvenir is the. We are our memory. We are that chimerical museum of shifting shapes. That pile of broken mirrors.” ― Jorge Luis Borges, In Praise of. fantasy short story by Jorge Luis Borges. Funes el memorioso (Spanish). 0 references. author · Jorge Luis Borges. 1 reference. imported from Wikimedia.

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The second half of the quotation is itself a quotation: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Borges, disconcerted, sends Funes what he deems the most difficult works “in order fully to undeceive him”. As Luria reports in his book The Mind of a Mnemonist: 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”.

The Mind of a Mnemonist”. Funes enumerates to Borges the cases of prodigious memory cited in the Historia Naturalisand adds that he marvels that those are considered marvellous. Funes’s mother escorts him to a patio where the youth usually spends his dark hours.

When I suffered from insomnia I ku to forget myself, to forget my body, the position of my body, the bed, the furniture, the three gardens of the hotel, the eucalyptus tree, the books on the shelf, all the streets of the village, the station, the farmhouses. In the overly replete world of Funes, there were nothing but details.

Views Read Edit View history. Pliny, Natural Historyvol. As we shall see in the following chapters, Shereshevskii possessed a very strong synesthesia—an involuntary link between different senses, like associating numbers with colors— that gave his memories a much richer content and thus made mmoige easier to recollect.

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He remembers, for example, the shape of clouds at all given moments, as well as the associated perceptions muscular, thermal, etc. One of the main newspapers in Argentina.


British-American neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks cites Luria’s book as the oou for his own book, Awakeningswhich is dedicated to Luria. There are clear parallels between Shereshevskii and Funes, despite the fact that the former trained his memory based on his synesthesia while for the latter to remember everything was fynes natural. In a word that fragmentary hoodlum is me, or is an image I stole for literary purposes but which corresponds to my own insomnia.

These associations, as well as the use of simple mnemonics, allowed Shereshevskii to remember long sequences of numbers and letters many years after first hearing them. Already in the literature of the oy millennium there are references to people with prodigious memory, particularly in the Natu ralis historia Natural History of Pliny the Elder Gaius Plinius Secundus, 23—79 A.

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Retrieved from ” https: On their next meeting, however, Funes welcomes Borges by reciting, mockingly, in perfect Latin: Sospecho, sin embargo, que no era muy capaz de pensar. This is stated in the line “To think is to forget a difference, to generalize, to abstract.

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Borges explores a variety of topics in the text, such as the need of generalization and abstraction to thought and science. The unheeded marvel is a common theme in Borges’s writing. In fact, he starts chapter 24 of book VII saying: Searching for consciousness in the brain].

He reveals that, since his fall from the horse, he perceives everything in full detail and remembers it all. Funes claims to have invented borgew system of enumeration which gives every numeral up to at least 24, its own arbitrary name.

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All action fynes forgetting, just as the existence of all organic things requires not only light, but darkness as well. Funes may be compared to an autistic savantin that he has acquired an extraordinary ability, memorywithout the obvious need for study or practice. As he enters, Borges is greeted by Funes’s voice speaking perfect Latin, reciting “the first paragraph of the twenty-fourth chapter of the seventh book of the Historia Naturalis ” by Pliny the Elder.

En busca de la conciencia en el cerebro brges and palaces: He learns that Ireneo Funes has meanwhile suffered a horseback riding accident and is now hopelessly crippled. Funes is, I would say, a classic reference in any book by an Argentine author on the topic of memory.


Funes, we are told, is incapable of Platonic ideas, of generalities, of abstraction; his world is one of intolerably uncountable details. Intervenciones sobre pensamiento y literatura Buenos Aires: This section needs additional citations for verification. Imagine the most extreme example, uo human being who does not possess the power to forget, who is damned to see becoming everywhere; such a human being would no longer believe in his own being, would no longer believe in himself, would see everything flow apart mmoore turbulent particles, and would lose himself in this stream of becoming; like the true student of Heraclitus, in the end he would hardly even dare to lift a finger.

Lo he recordado porque la consecutiva y borhes. As he packs, he remembers the books and goes to Funes’s house. The narrator mentions that Locke postulated then rejected an impossible idiom “in which each individual thing, each stone, each bird and each lla would have mmoire 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: The narrator argues that a positional number system is a better tool for abstraction.

Jorge Luis Borges — has received universal acclaim for the depth with which he approached matters of philosophic and scientific borves in his writings. Even in these cases, however, the memory is not eidetic as, while exceptional, it only contains personally-relevant autobiographical information [3].

Borges correctly points out to him that this is precisely the opposite of a system of enumeration, but Funes is incapable of such understanding. University Press of Mississippi,p. Heinemann,pp.

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