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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Funes did not understand me, or did not wish to understand me.

Funes the Memorious (Funes el Memorioso)

For Funes, with only these texts and a dictionary, has learned Latin and memorized the texts. Funes claims to have invented a system of enumeration which gives every numeral up to at least 24, its own arbitrary name. Now his perception and his memory were perfect. Want to Read saving…. Nov 03, Kanan Rustamli rated it it was amazing. Borges’s cousin asks the boy for the time, and Funes replies instantly, without the aid of a watch and accurate to the minute.

Books by Jorge Luis Borges. 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” From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This is stated in the line “To think is to forget a difference, to generalize, to abstract. Short StoriesAvailable Free Online.

Although the ending is not a surprise ending, I shall desist from revealing it since there is a touch of irony in it.

Funes the Memorious

On his return to Argentina inBorges began publishing his poems and essays in Surrealist literary journals. It is a fantastical presentation of a common human complaint. Those are the things he told me; neither then nor later have I ever doubted them. 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 Return to Book Page. To see the entire list or to see more works of mathematical fiction, return to the Homepage.

Mejor no vivir que le sin poder olvidar nada nunca. Funes’s mother escorts him to a patio where the youth usually spends his dark hours.

Borges explores a variety of topics in the text, such as the need of generalization and abstraction to thought and science. Borges was memorioeo in several languages. A poor, memkrioso young boy in the outskirts of a small town, he is hopelessly limited in his possibilities, but says Borges his absurd projects reveal “a certain stammering greatness”.

Jun 10, Loops Wuadaloops rated it it was amazing. A Little Book about a Vast Memory see this database. Funes was, “let us not forget, almost incapable of general, platonic ideas. The story raises the unresolved question of how much unfulfilled potential the human brain truly contains.

Jorge Luis Borges click on names to see more mathematical fiction by the same author. To funfs other readers questions about Funes el Memoriosoplease sign up. In order to pass the time, Funes has engaged in projects borgees 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.

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Do we need thinking if we are able to perceive? It was shortly afterward that boryes learned he was crippled; of that fact he hardly took notice. Partly because he does indeed write beautifully, and partly because sometimes his Spanish vocabulary goes right over my head: It felt to me that the story went nowhere. 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.

Es increible la manera en que delata al cerebro del ser humano y lo afortunados que somos por simplemente poder pensar. He knew the forms of the clouds in the southern sky on borfes morning of April 30, and he could compare them in his memory with the memoeioso 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.

Coetzee said of Borges: I have no idea how many stars he saw in the sky. Moreover, this lifestyle seems annoying: Inhis family moved to Joge where he attended school and traveled to Spain. Muchas interpretaciones se pueden hacer, pero tal vez una inquietante es que el relato invita a reflexionar sobre la memoria. It is at this point that the saga of Funes the memorious begins. Views Read Edit View history.

And he remembered everything. Due to a hereditary condition, Borges became blind in his late fifties. Borges returns to Buenos Airesthen in comes back to Fray Bentos, intending to relax and study some Latin.

Lists with This Book. Need a bit more enlightenment on this. Feb 18, Diana Torres rated it it was ok Shelves: Because “memorious” is a rare word lhis modern English, some translators opt for this alternate translation.