In , the great Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges (–) published Funes the Memorious. It is the fictional story of Ireneo Funes. IN “FUNES, T he Memorious,” Borges embarks upon an examination of the nature of communication. Ireneo Funes, the object of this fictional testimonial, is. Highbrow, city slicker, dude: Funes never spoke these injurious words, but I am sufficiently certain I represented for him those misfortunes. Pedro Leandro.

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Borges’s cousin asks the boy for the time, and Funes replies instantly, without the aid of a watch and accurate to the minute. In lieu of five hundred, he would say nine [italicized in original]” Everything was just matter and the form it took. He reveals that, since his fall from the horse, he perceives everything in full detail and remembers it all. 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” Although the ending is not a surprise ending, I shall desist memodious revealing it since there is a touch of irony in it.


Memory is full of nuances. My funew, that year, had taken me to spend the summer in Fray Bentos. He embarked on a series of lectures in the United States and then on into Europe.

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To remember we must forget. Pliny claims for himself a prodigious memory and as such wrote about the power of memory, as well as its fragility, about king Cyrus of Persia who remembered the names of all his soldiers, Scipio who knew the names of every Roman, Cineas memorikus knew the names of memoriouss the Roman senators runes just a single day, Mithradates Eupator who learned 22 languages and Charmadas the Greek who recited by heart all the books in his library.

We remember events better if there are photos we occasionally revisit of the funrs. To think is to forget differences, to generalise, to abstract. These are memories of dread and condition his modernity. Highbrowcity slickerdude: The problem involves that of the existence of God.


Without totally forgetting a prodigious number of states of consciousness, and momentarily forgetting a large number, we could not remember at all. Borges explores a variety of topics in the text, such as the need of generalization and abstraction to thought and science.

Funes the Memorious

Truth here is the ineffable. Price has stated that she, like Funes, views her memory as a curse. Contacts Submissions Buzzwords Twitter Facebook. His silence is about the war with Heaven, the questions he raises in our minds about it. Lynch thinks this, and contrasts this with bees. The scientific term for their unique condition is ” hyperthymestic memorous “, more recently known as highly superior autobiographical memory HSAM.

Dutton, as The Book of Imaginary Beingstowards the end of the year. Irby is the first that I read, and it remains my favourite. Kerrigan translates the above passage:. Commentary The consequences for Funes of his precise memory are interesting, particularly when one considers that experiment of nature that A. Borges himself states the tale is a metaphor for this in the prologue to Artifices.


To not forget is an illness. Any problem not based on memory stumped him or proved difficult. He found face recognition hard too because faces always change. Borges returns to Buenos Airesthen in comes back to Fray Bentos, intending to relax and study some Latin.

The consequences for Funes of his precise memory are interesting, particularly when one considers that experiment of nature that A. At other times it is about imagining the complexities of another world.

He could not read between the lines, follow conversations easily, understand metaphors, sense a mood or understand a general point.