/ 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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This is stated in the line “To think is to forget a difference, to generalize, to abstract. The apparent reference to the Uruguayan satirical magazine is most interesting of all, because it suggests a potential source for Borges. Funes’s mother escorts him to a patio where the youth usually spends his dark hours. memorioua

Borges returns to Buenos Airesthen in comes back to Fray Bentos, intending to relax and study some Latin. Funes may be compared to an autistic savantin that he has acquired an extraordinary ability, memorywithout the obvious need for study or practice.

We were running a kind of race with the storm. 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. In eighty-seven I returned to Fray Bentos. His voice was speaking in Latin; his voice which came from the darkness was articulating with morose delight tthe speech or prayer or incantation.

In lieu of five hundred, he would say nine. Borges explores a variety of topics in the thd, such as the need of generalization and abstraction to thought and science. Borges spends the whole night talking to Funes in the dark.

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

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Now, I am interested in this line of reasoning because it demonstrates the place of memory in abstraction, in theory formation, in the business of beliefs, of expectations, of speculation, approximation, and model making. He then applied this absurd principle to the other funrs.


At first I naturally feared a joke. He had not written it down, since anything he thought of once would never be lost to him. I was told he never moved from his jorbe, with his eyes fixed on the fig tree in the back or on a spider web. Memory allows us to manipulate the objective world in the abstract, in the absence of the objective world. All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from August All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from January Articles with permanently dead external links Articles with Russian-language external links Articles needing additional references from May All articles needing additional references.

In Labyrinthsthe story was translated jorfe James E. He learns that Ireneo Funes mdmorious meanwhile suffered a horseback riding accident and is now hopelessly crippled. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. My favourite passage from the story, in the Irby translation, reads as follows:.

He remembers, for example, the shape of clouds at all given moments, as well as the associated perceptions muscular, thermal, etc. Solomon Shereshevskiia stage memory-artist mnemonist with a condition known as “hypermnesia”, [5] is described by the Russian neuropsychologist Alexander Luria in his book, The Mind of a Mnemonist[6] which some speculate was the inspiration for Borges’s story. This section memoriosu additional citations for verification.

Paris Review – Funes the Memorious

I shall not try to reproduce the words, which are now irrecoverable. I was told he had been thrown by a half-tamed horse on the San Francisco ranch memodious was left hopelessly paralyzed. Yet he would never obtain the rights to translate and publish any of the stories from Ficciones. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Finally, while the penultimate sentence is amusing no matter how it is rendered, both the setup and the final selection of words appear memoriuos in Irby.

Funes the Memorious

Once we are unable to remember every object as unique the requirement to classify and to attribute class membership to new objects develops. My deplorable status as an Argentine will prevent me from indulging in a dithyramb, an obligatory genre in Uruguay whenever the subject is an Uruguayan.


May Learn how and when to remove this template message. He had not written it down, since anything he thought, even once, remained ineradicably with him.

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 first paragraph of the twenty-fourth chapter of the seventh book of the Boges historia. After a sultry day, an enormous slate-colored storm had hidden the sky.

I was astonished to find the evening no less oppressive than the day had been.

Jill Pricealong with 10 others, can remember with great accuracy most days of lui lives starting from the average age of When I packed my valise, I noticed the Gradus and the first volume of the Naturalis historia were missing.

This page was last edited on 24 Septemberat Kerrigan translates the above passage:.

The clutter of excessive detail, the inexhaustible capacity for remembering, would of course, in this argument that Borges is examining, render higher level reasoning problematic, to say the least.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. The narrator argues that a positional number system is a better tool for abstraction. I remember the cigarette in his hard face, against the now limitless storm cloud. Towards the end of his time in Europe, he completed translations of German expressionist poetry.

Zizek on a similar topic… http: Borges was working from first principles.

It continues to publish that book today, as part of the Penguin Classics imprint; while New Directions continues to publish Labyrinths in the United States. Irby, published by New Directions.