Jorge Luis Borges. 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). Funes el Memorioso has ratings and 21 reviews. Paty said: HOW CREEPY WAS THIS!?!?!?!?!? I need to talk to someone:O Funes is so lost due to his abi. / 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-.

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But then, all our lives we postpone everything that can be postponed; perhaps we all have the certainty, deep inside, that we are ,emorioso and that sooner or later every man will do everything, know all there is to know. With perfect perception, like Funes’s, our reasoning becomes unnecessary. 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 enumeration” that gives each number a different, arbitrary name.

The whole idea of Funse suffering even due to having exact memories of fues own different grimaces, and consequently not even recognising himself whenever he stared in the mirror gave me chills!

Later he applied his extravagant principle to the other numbers. Sep 19, Oleksandr rated it really liked it. Apr 22, Maria rated it liked it.

English Translations of ‘Funes the Memorious’ by Borges

Thanks for this — this is profoundly interesting information. 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. About Jorge Luis Borges. My favourite passage from the story, in the Irby translation, reads as follows: It was not only difficult for him to 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 from the front.


Coetzee said of Borges: Want to Read saving…. In the overly replete world of Funes, there were nothing but details. Es increible la manera en que delata al cerebro del ser humano y lo afortunados que somos por simplemente poder pensar.

As Borges and Di Giovanni became close, the two began collaborating on the translations. I read this in a Portuguese translation after having it highly recommended by a professor. As narrative this can be seen as extended version of insomnia. Soon enough, Borges receives a note from Funes, requesting that the visitor lend him some of his Latin books and a dictionary.

Penguin had acquired the rights to publish Labyrinths in the United Kingdom in His own face in the mirror, his own hands, surprised him on every occasion… Funes could continuously make out the tranquil advances of corruption, of caries, of fatigue. Plus, it is not clear, how much he was an observer and how much he identified with what he was? D This short story tells us about a guy who became paralyzed while simultaneously gaining some super-human abilities.

Funes the Memorious

Partly because he does indeed write beautifully, and partly because sometimes his Spanish vocabulary goes right over my head: Hurley explains his rationale in a note to the text: He then applied this absurd principle to the other memorios. Funes’s mother escorts him to a patio where the youth usually spends his dark hours. He told me that toward he had devised a new system of enumeration boeges that in a very few days he had gone beyond twenty-four thousand.

It was shortly afterward that he learned he was crippled; of that fact he hardly took notice. Borges was fluent in several languages. We can assume that thinking is an instrument that our mind uses in order to overcome the limitations of perception. I said that to say three hundred and sixty-five was to say three hundreds, six tens, five units: He was able to reconstruct every dream, every daydream he had ever had.

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Ireneo Funes, the protagonist, after an accident, was bestowed with the absolute memory and the keenest perception. His memories were visceral, as they were link to his body sensations. Yates and James E.

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. He died in Geneva, Switzerland, in Rebekkane rated it really liked it Aug 21, Retrieved from ” https: Borges himself states the tale is a metaphor for this in the prologue to Artifices.

It possesses a rhythm and a humour which, in memoriodo opinion, other English translations of the story do not match. Although the ending is not a surprise ending, I shall desist from revealing it since dunes is a touch of irony in it.

I found it so innovative and unique, and it was all condensed in 8 pages! Return to Book Page. He had not written it down, since anything he thought, even once, remained ineradicably with him.

English Translations of Jorge Luis Borges’ ‘Funes the Memorious’

On his return to Argentina inBorges began publishing his poems and essays in Surrealist literary journals. Moreover, this lifestyle seems annoying: This review has been hidden because fuhes contains spoilers.

Inhis family moved to Switzerland where he attended school and traveled to Spain. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This fuunes was last edited on 24 Septemberat His memory is so precise, so individual in detail that he develops a unique numbering system and that “in a very few days he had gone beyond twenty-four thousand”