In The Stranger, a novel by Albert Camus, and in “Funes the Memorious,” a short story by Jorge Luis Borges, the homodiegetic narrators have a significant Mémoire is the mental faculty (memory in a general sense), and souvenir is the. We are our memory. We are that chimerical museum of shifting shapes. That pile of broken mirrors.” ― Jorge Luis Borges, In Praise of. fantasy short story by Jorge Luis Borges. Funes el memorioso (Spanish). 0 references. author · Jorge Luis Borges. 1 reference. imported from Wikimedia.

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The fragment, the writer said, was on an odd-numbered page near the middle of the book. I suspect, however, that he was not very capable of thinking.

He learns that Ireneo Funes has meanwhile suffered a horseback riding accident and is now hopelessly crippled. The story raises the mmoier question of how much unfulfilled potential the human brain truly contains. Funes, we are told, is incapable of Platonic ideas, of generalities, of abstraction; his world is one of intolerably uncountable details. 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 Mnemonistmmolre which some speculate was the inspiration for Borges’s story.

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Says Funes, midway through the story: Even in these cases, however, the memory is not eidetic as, while exceptional, it only contains personally-relevant autobiographical information [3]. These associations, as well as the use of simple mnemonics, allowed Shereshevskii to remember long sequences of numbers and letters many years after first hearing them. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In a word that fragmentary hoodlum is me, or is an image I stole for literary purposes but which corresponds to my own insomnia.

Going back to Funes and other people with extraordinary memory, we must mention Borges himself, who could quote whole passages in Spanish, English, German, and Anglo-Saxon, among mmoirre tongues. He remembers, for example, the shape of clouds at all given moments, as well as the associated perceptions muscular, thermal, etc.


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”. As he enters, Borges is greeted by Funes’s voice speaking perfect Latin, reciting “the first paragraph of the twenty-fourth chapter of the seventh book of the Historia Naturalis ” by Pliny the Elder. Stanford University Press, Funes enumerates to Borges the cases of prodigious memory cited in the Historia Naturalisand adds that he marvels that those are considered marvellous.

British-American neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks cites Luria’s book as the inspiration for his own book, Awakeningswhich is dedicated to Luria. The unheeded marvel is a common theme in Borges’s writing. Borges correctly points out to him that this is precisely the opposite of a system of enumeration, but Funes is incapable of such understanding. Kodama started to read a page at random and Borges, amazingly, guided her to the right page even though he had been blind for many years and—as he jotted on the first page—had read the book indecades before this encounter with Kodama.

In fact, he starts chapter 24 of book VII saying:. Already in the literature of the first millennium there are references to people with prodigious memory, particularly in the Natu ralis historia Natural History of Pliny the Elder Gaius Plinius Secundus, 23—79 A. Most of these characters had been earlier described by Cicero in his Tusculan Disputations. Intervenciones sobre pensamiento y literatura Buenos Aires: Imagine the most extreme example, a human being who does not possess the power to forget, who is damned to see becoming everywhere; such a human being would no longer believe in his own being, would no longer believe in himself, would see everything flow apart in turbulent particles, and would lose himself in this stream of becoming; like the true student of Heraclitus, in the end he would hardly even dare to lift a finger.


This page was last edited on 24 Septemberat June 7,was a Sunday like any other amid the altered routine of the Second World War. There are clear parallels between Shereshevskii and Funes, despite the fact that the former trained his memory based on his synesthesia while for the latter mjoire remember everything was completely natural.

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Says Borges of Funes: Borges himself states the tale is a metaphor for this in the prologue to Artifices. Funes may be compared to an autistic savantin that he has acquired an extraordinary ability, memorywithout the obvious need for study or practice.

Says Funes, midway through the story:. 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. Jill Pricealong with 10 fnes, can remember with great accuracy most days of their lives starting from the average age of Reprinted from Borges and Memory: In The Principles of Psychologyone of his fore- most works, James says vunes about memory: Aust N Z J Psychiatry.

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May Learn how and when to remove this template message. Harvard University Press; London: En busca de la conciencia en fnues cerebro [Caverns and palaces: Borges explores a variety of topics in the text, such as the need of generalization and abstraction to thought and science. One of the main newspapers in Argentina.