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Memory and Meaning: Borges and “Funes el memorioso”. HENRY L SHAPIRO. There are, of course, in spite of Borges y yo, far more than two such homonyms. Funes the Memorious (Funes el Memorioso). Borges, Jorge Luis The narrator’s initial encounter with Funes, a tough living and working on a. My high school senior year English teacher was kind of an odd fellow, though I now believe he relished (and even cultivated) the “wacky.

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Funes sits in a dark room and goes over the events in his past. He learns that Ireneo Funes has meanwhile suffered a horseback riding accident and is now hopelessly crippled. Lists fknes This Book.

He was able to reconstruct every dream, every daydream he had ever had. This page was last edited on 24 Septemberat 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.

He remembers, for example, the shape of clouds at all given moments, as well as the associated perceptions muscular, thermal, etc.


Funes, we are told, is incapable of Platonic ideas, of generalities, of abstraction; his ,emorioso is one of intolerably uncountable details.

His work was translated and published widely in the United States and in Europe. De la magia de la pluma de Borges surge este impactante cuento que narra la vida de Ireneo Funes, quien posee el poder de la memoria perfecta: Funes had a synesthetic memory, similar to Solomon Shereshevski described by Luria, and both had difficulties generalizing and reasoning. May Learn how and when to remove this template message. Did he had the perfect mindfulness? Borges was fluent in several languages.

Funes el Memorioso

norges Viana rated it it was ok Mar 15, Feb 18, Diana Torres rated it it was ok Shelves: Borges himself states the tale is a metaphor for this in the prologue to Artifices. The narrator claims that this prevents abstract thought, given that induction and deduction rely on this ability.

Feb 26, Paty Pana rated it really liked it. His memories memoripso visceral, as they were link to his body sensations. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

Funes the Memorious (Funes el Memorioso)

Sep 30, Carmenza Uribe rated it it was amazing Shelves: His memory is so precise, so individual in detail that he develops a unique numbering system and that “in a very few days he had gone beyond twenty-four thousand” Aust N Z J Psychiatry. The consequences for Funes of his precise memory are interesting, particularly when one considers that experiment of nature that A.


The unheeded marvel is a common theme in Borges’s writing. The narrator points this out to Funes, i.

Funes el Memorioso by Jorge Luis Borges

It is a fantastical presentation of a common human complaint. Nov 03, Kanan Rustamli rated it it was amazing. Need a bit more enlightenment on this.

Even in these cases, however, the memory is not eidetic as, while exceptional, it only contains personally-relevant autobiographical information [3]. He noted the progress of death, of moisture.

Coetzee said of Borges: The narrator argues that a positional number system is a better tool for abstraction. He reasoned or felt that immobility was a small price t “He had lived, he said, for nineteen years as though in a dream: