/ 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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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: The edition of Labyrinthsedited and with translations by Donald A.

Di Giovanni jorgf continue to work on translations of Borges for E.

Twice I saw him behind the iron grating of liis the window, which harshly emphasized his condition as a perpetual funed He finds it very difficult to sleep, since he recalls “every crevice and every moulding of the various houses which [surround] him”. I crossed the tile patio, the little passageway; I reached the second patio.

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! The translation of El libro de los seres imaginarios was completed in May, and published by E. Funes never spoke these injurious words, but I am sufficiently certain I represented for him those misfortunes. All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from August All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from January Articles with permanently dead external links Articles with Russian-language external links Articles needing additional references from May All articles needing additional references.


May Learn how and when to remove this template message. The unheeded marvel is a common theme in Borges’s writing. Later he applied his extravagant principle to the other numbers.

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Funes the Memorious

The narrator argues that a positional number system is a better tool for abstraction. Their differing constructions of the second line of the passage suggest differently the mind and the methods of Funes. There are a number of real life cases of hypermnesia but Funes was a fictional case. Funes, we are told, is incapable of Platonic ideas, of generalities, of abstraction; his world is one of intolerably uncountable details. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. As narrative this can be seen as extended version of insomnia. British-American neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks cites Luria’s book as the inspiration for his own book, Awakeningswhich is dedicated ojrge Luria. He then applied this absurd principle to the other numbers.

My cousins assured me that was not the case, that these were peculiarities of Ireneo. You may also like. Borges explores a variety of topics in the text, such as the need of generalization and abstraction to thought and science.

The subject of that chapter is memory; the last words were ut nihil non iisdem verbis redderetur auditum. He then applied this mad principle to the other numers.

Because “memorious” is a rare word in modern English, some translators opt for this alternate translation. I said that to say three hundred and sixty-five was to say three hundreds, six tens, five units: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Funes did not understand me or refused to understand me. From Fray Bentos, living in Buenos Aires, and already possessing an acute sensibility, he suffers a horse-riding accident as a youth which leaves him hopelessly paralysed.

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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. I remember his baggy gaucho trousers, his rope-soled shoes.


Borges, disconcerted, sends Funes what he deems the most difficult works “in order fully to undeceive him”. It may be wondered why Borges did not himself translate his works into English.

He had not written it down, for what he once meditated would not be erased.

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The story raises the unresolved question of how much unfulfilled potential the human brain truly contains. My first memory of Funes is very perspicuous. It continues to publish that book today, as part of the Penguin Classics imprint; while New Directions continues to publish Labyrinths in the United States. In practise, this meant starting with El libro de los seres imaginarios bogres, published in Spanish the previous year.

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

Funes’s mother escorts him to a patio where the youth usually spends his dark hours. Yates and James E. We were singing as we rode along and being on horseback was not the only circumstance determining my happiness. Bernardo cried to him unexpectedly: The narrator, memoruous version of Borges himself, meets Ireneo Funes, a teenage boy who lives in Fray BentosUruguayin You are commenting using your Facebook account.

Irby is the first that I read, and it remains my favourite. I remember him, with his face taciturn and Indian-like and singularly remotebehind the cigarette. Zizek on a similar topic… http:

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