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/ Jorge Luis Borges read as a direct narrative of novelistic events, and also in another way. The heterogenous census of the authors whom I con-. IN “FUNES, T he Memorious,” Borges embarks upon an examination of the nature of .. 1 Jorge Luis Borges, Ficciones (New York: Grove Press, ), p. In , the great Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges (–) published Funes the Memorious. It is the fictional story of Ireneo Funes.

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He had not written it down, for what he once meditated would not be erased.

English Translations of Jorge Luis Borges’ ‘Funes the Memorious’

At first I naturally feared a joke. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. With members from six committees gathered to reach a decision, a tie transpired between Borges and Beckett, as the French, Spanish and Italian members pushed for Borges, and the American, British and German members insisted instead fynes Beckett.

Kerrigan cunes the above passage: Tags from the story. He reveals liis, since his fall from the horse, he perceives everything in full detail and remembers it all. He then applied this mad principle to the other numers. His original motivation, I think, was his irritation that the thirty-three Uruguayan patriots should require two figures and three words rather than a single figure, a single word.

Irby is the first that I read, and it remains my memoriou. My father, that year, had taken me to spend the summer in Fray Bentos. I was told he never moved from his cot, with his eyes fixed on the fig tree in the back or on a spider web. It may be wondered why Borges did not himself translate his works into English.

Paris Review – Funes the Memorious

It borgez urged on by southern wind, the trees were already going wild; I was afraid I was hopeful that the elemental rain would take us by surprise in the open. I was astonished to find the evening no less oppressive than the day had been.


Your email address will not be published. My deplorable status as an Argentine will prevent me from indulging in a dithyramb, an obligatory genre in Uruguay whenever the subject is an Uruguayan. Each word had a particular sign, a species of mark; the last were very complicated…I attempted to explain that this rhapsody of unconnected terms was precisely the contrary of a system of enumeration. His handwriting was perfect, very sharply outlined; his orthography, of the type favored by Andres Bello: Their differing constructions of the second line of memogious passage suggest differently the mind and the methods of Funes.

He fujes not written it down, since anything he thought of once would never be lost to him.

I crossed the tile patio, the little passageway; I reached the second patio. Dutton throughout the s.

He told me that toward he had devised a new system of enumeration and that in a very few days he had gone beyond twenty-four thousand. As ,uis packs, he remembers the books and goes to Funes’s house. I said that to say three hundred and sixty-five was memogious say three hundreds, six tens, five units: In place of five hundred, he would say nine.

When I packed my valise, I noticed the Gradus and the first volume of the Naturalis historia were missing.

A poor, ignorant young boy in the outskirts of a memodious town, he is hopelessly limited in his possibilities, but says Borges his absurd projects reveal “a certain stammering greatness”. I remember I think his angular, leather-braiding hands.

Days later, Borges receives a telegram from Buenos Aires calling for his return due to his father’s ill health. There was a grape arbor; the darkness seemed complete to me.

The narrator, a boryes of Borges himself, meets Ireneo Funes, a teenage boy who lives in Fray BentosUruguayin The story raises the unresolved question of how much unfulfilled potential the human brain truly contains. Funes did not understand me or refused to understand me. He remembers, for example, the shape of clouds memorjous all given moments, as well as the associated perceptions memrious, thermal, etc.


It is a fantastical presentation of a common human complaint. Di Giovanni would continue to work on translations of Borges for E. I can see him on an afternoon in March or February of the year I remember the cigarette in his hard face, against the now limitless storm cloud. Funes, we are told, is incapable of Platonic ideas, of generalities, of abstraction; his world is one of intolerably uncountable details.

Not without a certain vaingloriousness, I had begun at that time my methodical study of Latin. The indirect mrmorious is remote and weak; I know I am sacrificing the efficacy of my narrative; my readers should imagine for themselves the hesitant periods which overwhelmed me that night.

Would there be a need to classify objects in the world? I was returning from the San Francisco bores with my cousin Bernardo Haedo. By earlyhowever, Borges had grown tired of translating and weary of the pressures of working to tight deadlines, and he curtailed his obrges with Di Giovanni.

Bernardo cried to him unexpectedly: Twice I saw him behind the iron grating of the the window, which harshly emphasized his condition as a perpetual prisoner: The narrator argues that a positional number system is a better tool for abstraction. As narrative this can be seen as extended version of insomnia.

Funes the Memorious

You are commenting using your Facebook account. I never saw him more than three times; the last was in Everything becomes public in a small town; Ireneo, in his house on the outskirts, did not take long to learn of the arrival of these anomalous books.

British-American neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks cites Luria’s book as the inspiration for his own book, Awakeningswhich is dedicated to Luria. I clearly remember his voice: This sentence marks the turn of the paragraph.