My high school senior year English teacher was kind of an odd fellow, though I now believe he relished (and even cultivated) the “wacky. The situation of Jorge Luis Borges is, however, quite different. Like Sar- tre, Borges in the cuento, “Funes el memorioso”2 () from Ficciones. This story is. JORGE LUIS BORGES with my cousin Bernardo Haedo. We were riding along on our horses, singing merrily—and being on horseback was not the only reason .

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MathFiction: Funes el Memorioso [Funes, His Memory] (Jorge Luis Borges)

Was Funes the perfect Vipassana practitioner? I need to talk to someone: Sep 02, Shira rated it it was ok Shelves: The consequences for Funes of his precise memory are interesting, particularly when one considers that experiment of nature that A.

We can assume that thinking is an instrument that our mind uses in order to overcome the limitations of perception. Apr 22, Maria rated it liked it. Borges himself states the tale is a metaphor for this in the prologue to Artifices.

Funes the Memorious

Looking at a forest, he noticed each and every leaf, looking at a face, he noticed each and every nuance and movement. He knew the forms of the clouds in the southern sky on the morning of April 30, and he could compare them in his memory with the veins in the marbled binding of a book he had seen only once, or with the feathers of spray lifted by an oar on the Rio Negro on the eve of the Battle of Quebracho.


His memories were so precise and detailed that when he recalled a day from his childhood it took him an entire day to recall it.

The early death of Funes echoes the idea of unfulfilled potential, the wasted miracle of a plainsman with phenomenal abilities who lives and dies in obscurity. Lists with This Book. This ability seems more like a curse than an actual gift, as the narrator thinks. But then, all our lives we postpone everything that can be postponed; perhaps we all have the certainty, deep inside, that we are immortal and that sooner or later every man will do everything, know all there is to know.

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.

Funes el Memorioso by Jorge Luis Borges

Oct kemorioso, Marietldr rated it really liked it. Did he had the perfect mindfulness? The first stimulus to his work, I believe, had been his discontent with the fact that “thirty-three Uruguayans” required two symbols and three words, rather than a single word and a single symbol.

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

O Funes is so funess due to his ability to remember each and every detail of his life and this short story had me freaking like no other read has ever had Feb 26, Paty Pana rated it really liked it.

Jun 10, Loops Wuadaloops rated it it was amazing. The narrator claims that this prevents abstract thought, given that induction and deduction rely on this ability.


Funes el Memorioso

He was not able to generalize, he only saw the particulars, and he thought that each thing should have been named differently, as the dog Funes thinks he’s intelligent by remembering his memories when he actually isn’t because their is no real thoughts and arguments running though his mind.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Partly because he does indeed write beautifully, and partly because sometimes his Spanish vocabulary goes right over my head: He learns that Ireneo Funes has meanwhile suffered a horseback riding accident and is now hopelessly crippled.

Place Published New York.

Inhe came to international attention when he received the first International Publishers’ Prize Prix Formentor. Borges was fluent in several languages. Borges’s fiction reads like a magic incantation.

Books by Jorge Luis Borges. 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.

The narrator points this out to Funes, i. Thus was he liberated afterwards? Days later, Borges receives a telegram from Buenos Aires calling for his return due to his father’s ill health.