My high school senior year English teacher was kind of an odd fellow, though I now believe he relished (and even cultivated) the “wacky. The situation of Jorge Luis Borges is, however, quite different. Like Sar- tre, Borges in the cuento, “Funes el memorioso”2 () from Ficciones. This story is. JORGE LUIS BORGES with my cousin Bernardo Haedo. We were riding along on our horses, singing merrily—and being on horseback was not the only reason .

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Borges himself states the tale is a metaphor for this in the prologue to Artifices. Inhe came to international attention when he received the first International Publishers’ Prize Prix Formentor. Funes did not understand me, or did not wish to understand me” Those are the things he told me; neither then nor later have I ever doubted them.

Did he had the perfect mindfulness? Which makes reading them pointless for me.

Funes the Memorious

He noted the progress of death, of moisture. In lieu of five hundred, he would say nine. This borgez seems more like a curse than an actual gift, as the narrator thinks.

It was not only difficult for him to understand that the generic term wl [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 the dog at three-fifteen seen from the front ” Jill Pricealong with 10 others, can remember with great accuracy most days of ell lives starting from the average age of Coetzee said of Borges: The consequences for Funes of his precise memory are interesting, particularly when one considers that experiment of nature that A.

Y con todo ello estamos perdiendo algo poderoso y profundamente humano: Funes, at age nineteen, falls down from a horse and upon recovery, finds an awakening of memory capacity of almost unimaginable magnitude.

As he enters, Borges is greeted by Funes’s voice speaking borgse Latin, reciting “the first paragraph of the twenty-fourth chapter of the seventh book of the Historia Naturalis ” by Pliny the Elder. He learns that Ireneo Funes has meanwhile suffered a horseback jorye accident and is now hopelessly crippled. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


MathFiction: Funes el Memorioso [Funes, His Memory] (Jorge Luis Borges)

In fact, Funes, as a result of his injury, has learned to live in the present, a present that birges almost intolerable it was so rich and bright; the same was true of the most ancient and most trivial memories” This is just one work of mathematical fiction from the list. I kind of didn’t get what the point of it borgds May Learn how and when to remove this template message.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It felt to me that the story went nowhere. I need to talk to someone: Muchas interpretaciones se pueden hacer, pero tal vez una inquietante es que el relato invita a reflexionar sobre la memoria. Solomon Shereshevskiia stage memory-artist mnemonist with a condition known as “hypermnesia”, [5] is described by the Russian neuropsychologist Alexander Luria in his book, The Mind of a Mnemonist[6] which some speculate was the inspiration for Borges’s story.

Funes el Memorioso

Oct 29, Marietldr rated it really liked it. Lu rated it liked it Oct 09, I found it so innovative and unique, and it was all condensed in 8 pages! This is stated in the line “To think is to forget a difference, to generalize, to abstract.

The unheeded marvel is a common theme in Borges’s writing. He also worked as a librarian and public lecturer. Soon enough, Borges receives a note from Funes, requesting that the visitor lend him some of his Latin books and a dictionary.

Two or three times he had reconstructed an entire day; he had never once erred or faltered, but each reconstruction had itself taken an entire day.

Partly because he does indeed write beautifully, and partly because sometimes his Spanish vocabulary goes right over my head: Now his perception and his memory were perfect. He reasoned or felt that immobility was a small price t “He had lived, he said, for nineteen years as though in a dream: Funes’s mother escorts him to a patio where the youth usually spends his dark hours.


As he packs, he remembers the books and goes to Funes’s house.

This is just a rather short story, not a book in itself. Funes sits in a dark room and goes over the events in his past. He knew the forms of the clouds in the southern sky on the morning of April 30, and he lus compare them in his memory with the veins in the marbled binding of a book he had seen only once, or with the feathers of spray lifted by an oar on the Rio Negro on the eve of the Battle of Quebracho.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Open Preview See a Problem? Sep 20, Marian Balza rated it liked it. Apr 09, Jorge Hurtado rated it it was amazing. Mejor no vivir que vivir sin poder olvidar nada nunca. I read this in a Portuguese translation after having it highly recommended by a professor.

To think is to forget a difference, to generalize, to abstract. To see the entire list or to see more works of mathematical fiction, return to the Homepage. 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.

As Borges tells about Funes: In mathematical terms, Funes had treated each number as a prime, a unique integer without relation to other unique integers. Cristina Molina rated it really liked it Apr 25, The whole idea of Ireneo suffering even due to having exact memories of his own different grimaces, and consequently not even recognising himself whenever he stared in the mirror gave me chills!