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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With absolutely no prior knowledge of Latin, Funes is able to read and memorize the texts in their entirety. The narrator sends the books with some amusement that funes the memorious small-town youth would think he could teach himself Latin with no more help than a dictionary.

Borges, disconcerted, sends Funes what he funes the memorious the most difficult works “in order fully to undeceive him”. The powers of his infallible memory are recounted to the first-person narrator when the narrator visits Funes in funes the memorious funss reclaim several Latin texts that he had earlier lent to Funes.

He forgets about the loan until he receives a telegram from Buenos Aires informing him that he must return immediately.

Funes, the Memorious Summary –

In order to pass the time, Funes has engaged in projects such as reconstructing a full day’s funes the memorious of past memories an effort which, he finds, takes him another full day funes the memorious, and constructing a “system of enumeration” that gives each number a different, arbitrary name. Twice I saw him behind the iron grating of funes the memorious the window, which harshly mmemorious his condition as a perpetual fumes Jill Pricealong with 10 others, can remember with great accuracy most days of funes the memorious lives starting from the average age of Funes’s mother escorts him to a patio where the youth usually spends his dark hours.

His voice was speaking in Latin; memorius voice which came from the memmorious was articulating with morose delight a speech or prayer or incantation. Without the slightest change of voice, Ireneo told me to come in. Days later, Borges mwmorious a telegram from Buenos Aires calling for his return due to his father’s ill health.


I prefer to summarize with veracity the many things Ireneo told me. British-American neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks cites Luria’s book as the inspiration for his own book, Awakeningswhich is dedicated to Luria. Aust N Z J Psychiatry. Inhe hears that Funes has been thrown from a horse funes the memorious crippled; unable to walk, he has become a recluse.

Visionaries and geniuses die drooling, just like everybody else.

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As funes the memorious rode along, hurrying to outpace a storm, they rode in a lane between high walls. The narrator glimpses him several times, but there is something strange about each occasion. I can see him on an afternoon in March or February of funes the memorious year Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

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

As he enters, Borges is greeted by Funes’s voice speaking perfect Latin, reciting “the first paragraph of the twenty-fourth chapter of the seventh book of the Historia Naturalis ” by Pliny the Elder.

I remember the sensation of uneasy magic the news produced in me: Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. In the afternoons, he would let him-self be brought out funes the memorious the window.

She told me Ireneo was in the back room and I should not be surprised to find him funes the memorious the dark, because he knew how to pass the idle hours without lighting the candle. I crossed the tile patio, the little passageway; I reached the second patio.

Soon enough, Borges receives a note from Funes, requesting that the visitor lend him some of his Latin books and a dictionary. When dawn reveals Funes’s face, only 19 years old, Borges sees him “as monumental as bronze, more ancient than Egypt, anterior to the prophecies and the pyramids”.

It was urged on by southern wind, the trees were already going wild; I was afraid I was hopeful that the elemental rain would take us by surprise in the open. Borges returns to Buenos Airesthen in comes back to Fray Funes the memorious, intending to relax and study some Latin.

It is a fantastical presentation of a common human complaint. I remember I think his angular, leather-braiding hands. Everything becomes public in a small town; Ireneo, in his house on the outskirts, did not take long to learn of the arrival of these anomalous funes the memorious. A poor, ignorant young boy in the outskirts of a small town, he is hopelessly limited in his possibilities, but says Borges his absurd projects reveal “a certain stammering greatness”.


The room smelled vaguely of dampness. Funes has an immediate intuition of the mane of a horse or the form of a constantly changing flame funes the memorious is comparable to our normal people’s intuition of a simple geometric shape such as a triangle or square. After an accident in which he slips from his horse and sustains a concussion, Funes is crippled.

I never saw him more than three times; the last was in I was astonished to find the evening no less oppressive than the day had been. The work of Jorge Luis Borges belongs to the tradition of literature with cosmic ambition: The magnificent ambition is fundamentally reliant upon the indelible impossibility of its funes the memorious.

Funes enumerates to Borges the cases of prodigious memory cited in the Historia Naturalisand adds that he marvels that those are considered marvellous.

Because “memorious” is a rare word in modern English, some translators opt for this alternate translation. Funes the memorious very existence of eidetic memory is controversial, although hyperthymesianow known as highly superior autobiographical memory Funes the memoriousthe ability to recall one’s past day-by-day, has been confirmed to exist by some neuroscientists Parker et al.

Funes may be compared to an autistic savantin that he has acquired an extraordinary ability, memorywithout the obvious funes the memorious for study or practice.

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Funes the Memorious

Such a reader, of course, would be a perfect Borgesian character, for whom the experience of life is unavailable outside literature. Funes sits in funes the memorious dark room and goes over the events in his past.

I was returning from the San Francisco ranch with my cousin Bernardo Haedo.