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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I remember the sensation of uneasy magic the news produced in me: He lived with his mother, around the corner from the Laureles house.

It was urged on by southern wind, the trees were already going wild; Emmorious was afraid I was hopeful that the elemental rain would take us by surprise memoroous the open. I now arrive at the most difficult point in my story. My deplorable status as an Argentine will prevent me from indulging in a dithyramb, an obligatory genre in Uruguay whenever the subject is fubes Uruguayan. Later, when the narrator inquired what had become of Funes, he was told that the latter “had been thrown by a wild horse at the San Francisco ranch, and that he been hopelessly crippled” In lieu of five hundred, he would say nine [italicized in original]” As narrative this can be seen as extended version of insomnia.

The Roman syllables resounded in the earthen patio; my fear took hte 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 Naturalis historia. British-American neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks cites Luria’s book as the inspiration for his own book, Awakenings memoriosu, which is dedicated to Luria.

Borges, disconcerted, sends Funes what he deems the most difficult works “in order fully to undeceive him”. The scientific meomrious for their unique condition is ” hyperthymestic syndrome “, more recently known as highly superior autobiographical memory HSAM.

My cousins assured me that was not the case, that these were peculiarities of Ireneo. It is at this point that the saga of Funes the memorious begins. This section needs additional citations for verification.


A Little Book about a Vast Memory see this database.

The narrator claims that this prevents abstract thought, given that induction and deduction rely on this ability. I was told he never moved from his cot, with his eyes fixed on the fig tree in the back or on a spider web. Not without a certain vaingloriousness, I had begun at that time my methodical study of Latin.

Funes may be compared to an autistic savantin that he has acquired hhe extraordinary ability, memorywithout the obvious need for study or practice.

Funes the Memorious – Wikipedia

Price has stated that she, like Funes, views her memory as a curse. Funes never spoke these injurious words, but I am sufficiently certain I represented for him those misfortunes. In the overly replete world of Funes, there were nothing but details. The Mind memoriouus a Mnemonist”. May Learn how and when to remove this template message.

Funes did not understand me, memoriuos did not wish to understand me” We entered an alleyway that sank down between two very high brick sidewalks. I can see him on an afternoon in March or February of the year Because “memorious” is a rare word in modern English, some translators opt for this alternate translation.

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Jill Pricealong with 10 others, can remember with great accuracy most days of their lives starting from the average age of Even in these cases, however, the memory is not eidetic as, while exceptional, it only contains personally-relevant autobiographical information [3]. In fact, Funes, as a result of his injury, has learned mmemorious live in the present, a present that “was almost intolerable it was so rich and bright; the same was true of the most ancient and most trivial memories” I remember his baggy gaucho trousers, his rope-soled shoes.

Retrieved from ” https: Funes, we are told, is incapable of Platonic ideas, of generalities, of abstraction; his world is one of intolerably uncountable details.

We were singing as we rode along and being on horseback was not the only circumstance determining my happiness. Borges spends the whole night talking to Funes in the dark. This is stated in the line “To think is to forget a difference, to generalize, to abstract. 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.


Funes was, “let us not forget, almost incapable of general, platonic ideas. The narrator mentions that Locke postulated then rejected an impossible idiom “in which each individual thing, each stone, each bird and each branch would have its own name; Funes once projected an analogous language, but discarded it because it seemed too general to him, too ambiguous” [4] since it did not take time into account: He reveals that, since his fall from the horse, he perceives everything in full detail and remembers it all.

I remember the cigarette in his hard face, against the now limitless storm cloud. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. I shall not try to reproduce the words, which are now irrecoverable.

Funes the Memorious

The room smelled vaguely of dampness. His voice was speaking in Latin; his voice which came from the darkness was articulating with morose delight a speech or prayer or incantation. In order to pass the time, Funes has engaged in projects such as reconstructing a full day’s worth of past memories an effort which, he finds, takes him another full dayand constructing a “system of enumeration” that gives each number a different, arbitrary name.

Borges himself states the tale is a metaphor for this in the prologue to Artifices.

For Funes, with only these texts and a dictionary, has learned Latin and memorized the texts. As he packs, he remembers the books and goes to Funes’s house.

He was on his cot, smoking. The story raises the unresolved te of how much unfulfilled potential the human brain truly contains.