/ 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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My boryes passage from the story, in the Irby translation, reads as follows:. There are a number of real life cases of hypermnesia but Funes was a fictional case. He told me the fellow in the alleyway was one Ireneo Funes, known for certain peculiarities such as avoiding con-tact with people and always knowing what time it was, like a clock.

With members from six committees gathered to reach a decision, a tie transpired between Borges and Beckett, as the French, Spanish and Italian members pushed for Borges, and the American, British and German members insisted instead on Beckett. Once we are unable to remember every object as unique the requirement to classify and to attribute class membership to new objects develops. He reveals that, since his fall from the horse, he perceives everything in full detail and remembers it all.

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

He carried his pride to the point of acting as if the blow that had felled him were beneficial. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Because “memorious” is a rare word in modern English, some translators opt for this alternate translation. 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.


Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. This freedom to redefine the world, to categorize it, to predict it, to approximate it by modeling it in mind is the basis of much that helps us to survive the world we live in.

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His original motivation, I think, was his irritation that the thirty-three Uruguayan patriots should require two figures and three words rather than a single figure, a single word. Thanks for this — this is profoundly interesting information. After the accident he became Funes the Memorious. It may be wondered why Memkrious did not memoriouus translate his works into English.

The story raises the unresolved question of how much unfulfilled potential the human brain truly contains. Funes did not understand me or refused to understand me.

The apparent reference to the Uruguayan satirical magazine is most interesting of all, because it suggests a potential source for Borges. Price has stated that she, like Funes, views her fuunes as a curse. This is stated in the line “To think is to forget a difference, to generalize, to abstract.

Funes sits in a dark room and goes over the events in his past. Borges correctly points out to him that this is precisely the opposite of a system of enumeration, but Funes is incapable of such understanding. Notify me of new comments via email.

Finally, while the penultimate sentence is amusing no matter how it is rendered, both the setup and the final selection of words appear stronger in Irby. He learns that Ireneo Funes has meanwhile suffered a horseback riding accident and is now hopelessly crippled. Borges himself states the tale is a metaphor for this in the prologue to Artifices.

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Penguin had acquired the rights to publish Labyrinths in the United Kingdom in Now, I am interested in this line of reasoning because it demonstrates puis place of memory in abstraction, in theory formation, in the business of beliefs, of expectations, of speculation, approximation, and model making.

Funes the Memorious

The edition of Labyrinthsedited and with translations by Donald A. When I packed my valise, I noticed the Gradus and the first volume of the Naturalis historia were missing. 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.

Because Funes can distinguish every physical joge at every distinct funees of viewing, he has no clear need of generalization or detail-suppression for the management of sense impressions.

Not without a certain vaingloriousness, I had begun at that time my methodical study of Latin.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. I was returning from the San Francisco ranch with my cousin Bernardo Haedo.

Hurley explains his rationale in a note to the text: Kerrigan translates the above passage: Soon enough, Borges receives a note from Funes, requesting that the visitor lend him some of his Latin books and a dictionary.

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