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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For Funes, with only these texts and a dictionary, has learned Latin and memorized the texts. At that time there were no cinematographers, no phonographs; it nevertheless strikes me as implausible, even incredible, that no one ever fynes an experiment with Funes.

Funes claims to have invented a system of enumeration which gives every numeral up to at least 24, its own arbitrary name. Borges, disconcerted, sends Funes what he deems the most difficult works “in order fully to undeceive him”. Kerrigan translates the above passage: Plus, it is not clear, how much he was an observer and how much he identified with what he was?

Borges spends the whole night talking to Funes in the dark.

Funes may be compared to an autistic savantin that he has acquired an extraordinary ability, memorywithout the obvious memorioo for study or practice. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. I found it so innovative and unique, and it was all condensed in 8 pages! About Jorge Luis Borges. Mejor no vivir que vivir sin poder olvidar nada nunca.


Funes the Memorious

Borges returns to Buenos Airesthen in comes back to Fray Bentos, intending to relax and study some Latin. Funes, we are told, is incapable of Platonic ideas, of generalities, of abstraction; his world is one of intolerably uncountable details. This ability seems more like a curse than an actual gift, as the narrator thinks.

He knew the forms of the clouds in the southern sky on the morning of April 30, and he could 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.

Although the ending is not a surprise ending, I shall desist from revealing it since there is a touch of irony in it.

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Borges’s fiction reads like a magic incantation. Need a bit more enlightenment on this.

Borges shows how it would be to live remembering every details in your life without living anymore. So generally I avoid short stories, but this one I’ve read to make progress with my Spanish.

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

He had not written it down, for what he once meditated would not be erased. Jill Pricealong with 10 others, can remember with great accuracy most days of their lives starting from the average age of Commentary The consequences for Funes of his precise memory are interesting, particularly when one considers that experiment of nature that A.

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His original motivation, I think, was his irritation that the thirty-three Uruguayan patriots should require two figures and three words rather than a single figure, a single word. Irby, published by New Directions. D This short story tells us about a guy who became paralyzed while simultaneously gaining some super-human abilities.

To ask other readers questions about Funes el Memoriosoplease sign up. Lu rated it liked it Oct 09, Funes either could not or would not understand me. He told me that toward he had devised a new system of memorioo and that in a very few days he had gone beyond twenty-four thousand.

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! Luria encountered and described in his book, The Mind of a Mnemonist: Each word had a particular sign, a kind of mark; the last in the series were very complicated…I tried to explain to him that his rhapsody of incoherent terms was precisely the opposite of a system of numbers.

Kerrigan translates the above passage:. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Soon enough, Borges receives a note from Funes, requesting that the visitor lend him some of his Latin books and a dictionary. Borges was fluent in several languages.