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 explores a variety of topics in the text, such as the need of generalization and abstraction to thought and science.

Funes never spoke these injurious words, but I am sufficiently certain I represented for him those misfortunes. Borges correctly points out to him that this is precisely the opposite of a system of enumeration, but Funes is incapable of such understanding.

When I packed my valise, I noticed the Gradus and the first volume of the Naturalis historia were missing. Because “memorious” is a rare word in fynes English, some translators opt for this alternate translation.

This is stated in the line “To think is to forget a difference, to generalize, to abstract. The scientific term for their unique condition is ” hyperthymestic syndrome “, more recently known as highly superior autobiographical memory HSAM. Commentary The consequences for Funes of his precise memory are interesting, particularly when one considers that experiment of nature that A. Funes enumerates to Borges te cases of prodigious memory cited in the Historia Naturalisand adds that he marvels that those are considered marvellous.

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

Luria encountered and described in his book, The Mind of a Mnemonist: We entered an alleyway that sank down between two very high brick sidewalks.


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”. Funes did not understand me, or did not wish to understand me” The narrator claims that this prevents abstract thought, given that induction and deduction rely on this funnes.

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.

I shall not try to reproduce the words, msmorious are now irrecoverable. I remember him, memoriou his face taciturn and Indian-like and singularly remotebehind the cigarette. Memorikus section needs additional citations for verification. The indirect style is remote and weak; I know I am sacrificing the efficacy of my narrative; my readers should imagine for themselves the hesitant periods which overwhelmed me that night.

The consequences for Funes of his precise memory are interesting, particularly when one considers that experiment of nature that A. 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. He carried his pride to the point of acting as if the blow that had felled him meorious beneficial.

The narrator argues that a positional number system is a better tool for abstraction.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. I did not know whether to attribute to insolence, ignorance or stupidity the idea that the arduous Latin tongue should require no other instrument than a dictionary; to disillusion him fully, I sent him the Gradus ad Parnassum of Quicherat and the work by Pliny.

It had suddenly got dark; I heard some rapid and almost secret footsteps up above; I raised my eyes and saw a boy running along the narrow and broken path as if it were a narrow and broken wall. I clearly remember his voice: The subject of that chapter is memory; the last words were ut nihil non iisdem verbis redderetur auditum. This page was last edited on 24 Septemberat I can see him on an afternoon in March or February of the year Price has stated that she, like Funes, views her memory as a curse.


Funes’s mother escorts him to a patio where the youth usually spends his dark hours. Because Funes can distinguish every physical object at every distinct time of viewing, he has no clear need of generalization or detail-suppression for the management of sense impressions. 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.

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.

Funes the Memorious (Funes el Memorioso)

I now arrive at the most difficult point in my story. During the years eighty-five and eighty-six we spent the summer in Montevideo.

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

He was on his cot, smoking. In order to pass the time, Funes has engaged in projects such as reconstructing a full day’s worth of past memories an memorios 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 tje is a metaphor for this in the prologue to Artifices. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

Funes the Memorious

Funes meomrious in a dark room and goes over the events in his past. We were running a kind of race with the storm. After a sultry day, an enormous slate-colored storm had hidden the sky. Everything becomes public in a small town; Ireneo, in his house on the outskirts, did not take long to learn of the arrival of these anomalous books.