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). My high school senior year English teacher was kind of an odd fellow, though I now believe he relished (and even cultivated) the “wacky. JORGE LUIS BORGES with my cousin Bernardo Haedo. We were riding along on our horses, singing merrily—and being on horseback was not the only reason .

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The real-life case of Daniel Tammet b. Further Skywriting on this topic. As he packs, he remembers the books and goes to Funes’s house.

A Little Book about a Vast Memory see this database. Sep 19, Oleksandr rated it really liked it. 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.

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.

Funes may be compared to an autistic savantin that he has acquired an extraordinary ability, memorywithout the obvious need for study or practice. Funes enumerates to Borges the cases of prodigious memory cited in the Historia Naturalisand adds that he marvels that those are considered marvellous.

Borges himself states the tale is a metaphor for this in the prologue to Artifices. He learned Latin immediately using a dictionary and a book by Pliny. Jun 10, Loops Wuadaloops rated it it was amazing. On his return to Argentina inBorges began publishing his poems and essays in Surrealist literary journals.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. British-American neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks cites Luria’s book as the inspiration for his own book, Awakeningswhich is dedicated to Luria.


Funes the Memorious

Cristina Molina rated it really liked it Apr 25, The consequences for Funes of his precise memory are interesting, particularly when one considers that experiment of nature that A. Aust N Z J Psychiatry. He died in Geneva, Switzerland, in It is at this point that the saga of Funes the memorious begins. Two or three times he had reconstructed an entire day; he had never once erred or faltered, but each reconstruction had itself taken an entire day. Which makes reading them pointless for me.

Days later, Borges receives a telegram from Buenos Aires calling for his return due to his father’s ill health. 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”.

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In the overly replete world of Funes there were nothing but details, almost contiguous details. The scientific term for their unique condition is ” hyperthymestic syndrome “, more recently known as highly superior autobiographical memory HSAM. Dl Funes is so lost due to his ability to remember each and every detail of his life and this short story memkrioso me freaking like no other read has ever had D This short story tells us about a borgfs who became paralyzed while simultaneously gaining some super-human abilities.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The narrator claims that this prevents abstract thought, given that induction and deduction rely on this ability.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. He reasoned or felt that immobility was a small price to pay. In the overly replete world of Funes, there were nothing but details. Funes has an immediate intuition of the mane of a horse or the form of a constantly changing flame that is comparable to our normal people’s intuition of a simple geometric shape such as a triangle or square.


Lu rated it liked it Oct 09, Funes did not understand luid, or did not wish to understand me” Nov memoriozo, Kanan Rustamli rated it it was amazing. I read this in a Portuguese translation after having it highly recommended by a professor.

As narrative this can be seen as extended version of insomnia. He reveals that, since his fall from the horse, he perceives everything in full detail and remembers it all.

Sep 02, Shira rated it it was ok Shelves: For Funes, with only these texts and a dictionary, has learned Latin and memorized the texts. It was shortly afterward that he learned he was crippled; of that fact he hardly took notice.

This ability seems more like a curse than an actual gift, as the narrator thinks.

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To think is to forget a difference, to generalize, to abstract. Was Funes the perfect Vipassana practitioner? Retrieved from ” https: Ireneo Funes, the protagonist, after an accident, was bestowed with the absolute memory and the keenest perception.

In lieu of five hundred, he would say nine [italicized in original]” The very existence of eidetic memory is controversial, although hyperthymesianow known as highly superior autobiographical memory HSAMthe ability to recall one’s past day-by-day, has been confirmed to exist by some neuroscientists Parker et al.

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