Memory and Meaning: Borges and “Funes el memorioso”. HENRY L SHAPIRO. There are, of course, in spite of Borges y yo, far more than two such homonyms. Funes the Memorious (Funes el Memorioso). Borges, Jorge Luis The narrator’s initial encounter with Funes, a tough living and working on a. My high school senior year English teacher was kind of an odd fellow, though I now believe he relished (and even cultivated) the “wacky.

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Price has stated that she, like Funes, views her memory as a curse. Jill Pricealong with 10 others, can remember with great accuracy most days of their lives starting from the average age of In the overly replete world of Funes, there were nothing but details.

Funes el Memorioso

Feb 18, Diana Borgex rated it it was ok Shelves: Borges shows how it would be to live remembering every details in your life without living anymore. Books by Jorge Luis Borges. His work was translated and published widely in the United States and in Europe.

Borges himself states the tale is a metaphor for this in the prologue to Artifices. Those are the things he told me; neither then nor later have I ever doubted them.

Funes el Memorioso by Jorge Luis Borges

He also worked as a librarian and public lecturer. In fact, Funes, as a result of his injury, has learned to 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” He could compare the setting of the clouds that he saw one day, with the veins on the cover of a Ireneo Funes, the protagonist, after an accident, was bestowed with the absolute memory and the keenest perception.


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.

Valentin Eni rated it memrioso was ok Apr 23, Nor were those memories simple—every visual image was linked to muscular sensations, thermal sensations, and so on. Coetzee said of Borges: So generally I avoid short stories, but this one I’ve read to make progress with my Spanish. Funes, we are told, is incapable of Platonic ideas, of generalities, of abstraction; his world is one of intolerably uncountable details.

Feb 26, Paty Pana rated it really liked memoioso.

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”. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 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 was, “let us not forget, almost incapable of general, platonic ideas. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


Funes the Memorious

Inhis family moved to Switzerland where he attended school and traveled to Bkrges. With perfect perception, like Funes’s, our reasoning becomes unnecessary.

Apr 22, Maria rated it liked it. 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.

De la magia de la pluma de Borges surge este impactante cuento que narra la vida de Ireneo Funes, quien posee el poder de la memoria perfecta: Need a bit more enlightenment on this. As narrative this can be seen as extended version of insomnia. Lists with This Book.

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The narrator points this out to Funes, i. He remembers, for example, the shape of clouds at all given moments, as well as the associated perceptions muscular, thermal, etc. This ability seems more like a curse than an actual gift, as the narrator thinks.

Days later, Borges receives a telegram from Buenos Aires calling for his return due to his father’s ill health.

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