Highbrow, city slicker, dude: Funes never spoke these injurious words, but I am sufficiently certain I represented for him those misfortunes. Pedro Leandro. 3 Feb In , the great Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges (–) published Funes the Memorious. It is the fictional story of Ireneo Funes. 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) with a dark pas-.

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I never saw him more than three times; the funes the memorious was in This tragic loss of his physical capacities, however, does not seem to bother him, because he has been compensated in a rather amazing way. Reprinted by arrangement with Picador. In the afternoons, he would let him-self be brought out to the window.

He carried his pride to the point of acting as if the blow that had felled him were beneficial. At first Funes the memorious naturally feared a joke. This section needs additional citations for verification. No part funes the memorious this excerpt may be reproduced or printed without permission in writing from the publisher.

Funes may be compared to an autistic savantin that he has acquired an extraordinary ability, memorywithout the obvious need for study or practice. On the top of one of the brick walls appeared an Indian boy. I clearly remember his voice: The powers of his infallible memory are recounted to the first-person narrator when the narrator visits Funes in order to reclaim several Latin texts that he had earlier lent to Funes.

I funes the memorious his baggy gaucho trousers, his rope-soled shoes.

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May Learn how and when to remove this template message. This photographic memory includes the ability to reconstruct his own dreams in minute detail. The narrator argues that a positional number system is a better tool for abstraction. In order to pass the time, Funes the memorious has engaged in projects such as reconstructing a full funes the memorious worth of past memories an effort which, he finds, takes him another full dayand constructing a “system funs enumeration” that gives each number a different, arbitrary name.


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I now arrive at the most difficult point in my story. With absolutely no prior knowledge of Latin, Funes is able to read and memorize the texts in their entirety. 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.

The Roman syllables resounded in the earthen patio; my fear took them to be indecipherable, interminable; afterwards, in the enormous dialogue of that night, I learned they formed the funes the memorious paragraph of the twenty-fourth chapter of the seventh book of the Naturalis historia. Highbrowcity slickerdude: Aust N Z J Psychiatry. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. As he enters, Borges is greeted by Funes’s voice speaking perfect Latin, reciting funes the memorious first paragraph of the twenty-fourth chapter of the seventh book of funes the memorious Historia Naturalis ” by Pliny the Elder.

His handwriting was perfect, very sharply outlined; his orthography, of the type favored by Andres Bello: They offer crucial evidence that it is utterly impossible to conceptualize humanity without literature. Retrieved funes the memorious ” https: He was on his cot, smoking.

My father, that year, had taken me to spend the summer in Fray Bentos. Funes has an immediate intuition of the mane of a horse or the form of a constantly funes the memorious flame that is comparable to our normal people’s intuition of a simple geometric shape such as a triangle or square. The narrator sends the books with some amusement that the small-town youth would think he could teach himself Latin with no more help than a dictionary.


Funes the Memorious is as Borgesian a character as they come, a man funes the memorious by his hyperencylopedic mind, tragically unable to forget anything.

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British-American neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks cites Luria’s book as the inspiration for his own book, Awakeningswhich is dedicated to Luria. He learns that Ireneo Funes has meanwhile suffered a horseback riding accident and is now hopelessly crippled. I did not know whether to attribute to insolence, ignorance or stupidity the idea that the arduous Latin funes the memorious should require no other instrument than a dictionary; to disillusion him fully, I sent him the Gradus ad Parnassum funes the memorious Quicherat and the work by Pliny.

Funes enumerates to Borges the funes the memorious of prodigious memory cited in the Historia Naturalisand adds that he marvels that those are considered marvellous. Funes never spoke these injurious words, funes the memorious I am sufficiently certain I represented for him those misfortunes. Funes, we are told, is incapable of Platonic ideas, of generalities, of abstraction; his world is one of intolerably uncountable details.

He reveals that, since his fall from the horse, he perceives everything in full detail and remembers it all.

Funes sits in a dark room and goes over the events in his past. Inhe hears that Funes has been thrown from a horse and crippled; yhe to walk, he has become a recluse. We were running funes the memorious kind of race with the storm. Twice I saw him behind the iron grating of the the window, which harshly emphasized his condition as a perpetual prisoner: funes the memorious