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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Aust N Z J Psychiatry. Coetzee said of Borges: He was not able to generalize, he only saw the particulars, and he thought borves each thing should have been named differently, as the dog Borges was fluent in several languages.

Viana rated it it was ok Mar 15, This memoriosk my general grudge against short stories: The very existence of eidetic memory is controversial, although hyperthymesianow known as highly superior autobiographical memory HSAMthe ability to recall one’s past day-by-day, has been confirmed to exist by some neuroscientists Parker et al.

Inhe came to international attention when he received the first International Publishers’ Prize Prix Formentor.

Funes the Memorious

Partly because he does indeed write beautifully, and partly because sometimes his Spanish vocabulary goes right over my head: 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 memoripso as the mmorioso at three-fifteen seen from the front ” The real-life case of Daniel Tammet b.

Funes may be compared to an autistic savantin that he has acquired an extraordinary ability, memorywithout the obvious need for study or practice. This page was last edited on 24 Septemberat He was able to reconstruct every dream, every daydream he had ever had.


Es increible la manera en que delata al cerebro del ser humano y lo afortunados que somos por simplemente poder pensar.

The scientific term for their unique condition is ” hyperthymestic syndrome “, more recently known as highly superior autobiographical memory HSAM. 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!

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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. It was shortly afterward that he learned he was crippled; of that fact he hardly took notice. The early death of Funes echoes the ek of unfulfilled potential, the wasted miracle of a plainsman with phenomenal abilities who lives and dies in obscurity. Nov 03, Kanan Rustamli rated it it was amazing. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In lieu of five hundred, he would say nine [italicized in original]” Ireneo Funes, the protagonist, after an accident, was bestowed with the absolute memory and the keenest perception.

Funes el Memorioso by Jorge Luis Borges

The narrator, a version of Borges himself, meets Ireneo Funes, a teenage boy who lives in Fray BentosUruguayin The narrator argues that a positional number system is a better tool for abstraction. 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.


His memories were so precise and detailed that when he recalled a day from his childhood it took him an entire day to recall it. 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.

Funes el Memorioso

Feb 18, Diana Torres rated it it was ok Shelves: 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 mdmorioso sense impressions.

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Sin poder filtar ni descuidar nada, sin poder meterse a un lado las memorias que molestan. The Mind of a Mnemonist”. Do we need thinking if we are able to perceive? Looking at a forest, he noticed each and every leaf, looking at a face, he noticed each and every nuance and movement.

In mathematical terms, Funes had treated each number as a prime, a unique integer without relation to other unique integers.

Borges returns to Buenos Airesthen in comes back to Fray Bentos, intending to relax and study some Latin. Borgfs correctly points out to him that this is precisely the opposite of a system of enumeration, but Funes is incapable of such understanding.

Those are the things he told me; neither then nor later have I ever doubted them.