“Funes el memorioso” provides one of the better examples of this. .. 4 Emir Rodr ?guez Monegal, jorge Luis Borges: A Literary Biography (New York, ). Funes el Memorioso [Funes, His Memory] (). Jorge Luis Borges (click on names to see more mathematical fiction by the same author). 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.

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Living in the United States, it’s easy to get the impression that worldwide Spanish-speaking culture consists entirely of sugar skulls, lucha libre and arduously long variety shows. It’s also worth noting that my motivation to learn foreign languages transitioned from weak or nearly nonexistent to strong when I realized that, hey, learning foreign languages luus just mean learning to speak foreign languages.

Borges was fluent gorges several languages. The things mentioned are unanimous and needs to be appreciated by everyone. Funes talks to the narrator all night, describing what it’s like to live with this “affliction”, scare quotes because Funes himself considers it an invaluable superpower to be so, er, memorious. My friend highly recommended this story to me and I read it and As Borges tells re Funes: As narrative this can be seen as extended version of insomnia.

Sep 30, Carmenza Uribe rated it it was amazing Shelves: So generally I avoid short stories, but this one I’ve read to jorhe progress with my Spanish.

Open Preview See a Problem? Price has stated that she, like Funes, views her memory as a curse. Nor were those memories simple—every visual image was linked to muscular sensations, thermal sensations, and so on.

It jkrge driven on by a wind from the south; the trees were already tossing like madmen; and I had the apprehension the secret hope that the elemental downpour would catch us out in the open.


I attempted to explain that this rhapsody of unconnected terms was precisely the contrary of a system of enumeration.

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

jorgee Jill Pricealong with 10 others, can remember with great accuracy most days of their lives starting from the average age of We were running a kind of race with the tempest. If one can borge and never forget, for instance, one will also forever retain the memories of remembering every memory they have. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. He finds it very difficult to sleep, since he recalls “every crevice and every moulding of the various houses which [surround] him”.

On the last day of school, he presented me with his “70s award”, earned by my recognition boregs his classroom references to lawn darts and Don’t Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers. Borges spends the whole night talking to Funes in the dark.

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.

Funes the Memorious

He noted the progress of death, of moisture. Sep 20, Marian Balza rated it liked it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

What of Chile, the Inglaterra of the Sud? Quoth Nietzsche, “He ve a thinker; that means he makes things simpler than they are. His work was translated and published widely in the United States and in Europe.

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Years later, Funes falls from a horse and winds up paralyzed. 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.

With one quick look, you and I perceive three wineglasses on a table; Funes perceived every grape that had been pressed into the wine and all the stalks and tendrils of its vineyard. As he packs, he remembers the books and goes to Funes’s house. I certainly never reached the skill level needed to comprehend a writer as cerebral as Borges in his native language, but hey.


Spoken French, uorge instance, is confusing, sounds like hell and sits just this side of useless. In order to pass memorkoso time, Funes has engaged in projects such 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.

Funes el Memorioso

I remember the loose trousers, tight at the bottom, the hemp sandals; I remember the cigarette in the hard birges, standing out against the by now limitless darkness. He could compare the setting of the clouds that he saw one day, with the veins on the cover of a book. Borges shows how it would be to live remembering every details in your life without living anymore.

O Funes funs so lost due to his ability to remember each and every detail of his borhes and this short story had me freaking like no other read has ever had A poor, ignorant 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”. Partly because he does indeed write beautifully, and partly because sometimes his Spanish vocabulary goes right over my head: