/ 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-. IN “FUNES, T he Memorious,” Borges embarks upon an examination of the nature of .. 1 Jorge Luis Borges, Ficciones (New York: Grove Press, ), p. In , the great Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges (–) published Funes the Memorious. It is the fictional story of Ireneo Funes.

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Jill Pricealong with meomrious others, can remember with great accuracy most days of their lives starting from the average age of As he packs, he remembers the books and goes to Funes’s house.

Not without a certain vaingloriousness, I had begun at that time my methodical study of Latin. You may also like. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Yates and James E.

Funes the Memorious

Borges correctly points out to him that this is precisely the opposite of a system of enumeration, but Funes is incapable of such understanding. Borges himself states the tale is a metaphor for this in the prologue to Artifices. The indirect style is remote and weak; I know I am sacrificing the efficacy of my narrative; my readers should imagine for themselves the hesitant periods which overwhelmed me that night. Memory allows us to manipulate the objective world in the abstract, in the absence of the tye world.

This is stated in the line “To think is to forget a difference, to generalize, to abstract. My first memory of Funes is very perspicuous.

In Labyrinthsthe story was translated by James E. Kerrigan translates the above passage:. I never saw him more than three times; the last was in The narrator mentions that Locke postulated then rejected an impossible idiom “in which each individual thing, each stone, each bird and each branch would have its 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: I was told he never moved from his cot, with his eyes fixed on the fig tree in the back or on a spider web.


We were running a kind of race with the storm. Selected Poems was completed first, in February Funes, we are told, is incapable of Platonic ideas, of generalities, of abstraction; his world is one of intolerably uncountable details.

He embarked on a series of lectures in the United States and then on into Europe.

Further Skywriting on this topic. He then applied tye absurd principle to the other numbers. Unable to walk, confined to his home, he finds his sensibility and his memory have become absolute.

Retrieved from ” https: I clearly remember his voice: Days later, Borges receives a telegram from Buenos Aires calling for his return due to his father’s ill health. The real-life case of Daniel Tammet b. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

He was on his cot, smoking. This page was last edited on 24 Septemberat Tags from the story. Bogges required Address never made public.

He had not written it down, for what he once meditated would not funds erased. Aust N Z J Psychiatry. He reveals that, since his fall from the horse, he perceives memodious in full detail and remembers it all. Di Giovanni would continue to work on translations of Borges for E. He told me the fellow in the alleyway was one Ireneo Funes, known for certain peculiarities such as avoiding con-tact with people and always knowing what time it was, like a clock.

He then applied this mad principle to the other numers. After a sultry day, an enormous slate-colored storm had hidden the sky.


You are commenting using your Twitter account. Borges returns to Buenos Airesthen in comes back boorges Fray Bentos, intending to relax and study some Latin. Views Read Edit View history.

He had not written it down, since anything he thought of once would never be lost to him. Dutton, as The Book of Imaginary Beingstowards the end of the year. There are a number of real life cases of hypermnesia but Funes was a fictional case.

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. More, some of his earliest literary endeavours were in the realm of translation.

In place of five hundred, he would say nine. Notify me of new comments via email. Your email address will not be published. His voice was speaking in Latin; his voice which came from the darkness was articulating with morose delight a speech or prayer or incantation.

English Translations of ‘Funes the Memorious’ by Borges

Because “memorious” ulis a rare word in modern English, some translators opt for this alternate translation. He told me that toward he had devised a new system of enumeration and that in a very few days he had gone beyond twenty-four thousand. The early death of Funes echoes the idea of unfulfilled potential, the wasted miracle of a plainsman with phenomenal abilities who lives and dies in obscurity.