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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This is stated in the line “To think is to forget a difference, to generalize, to abstract.

Pliny also describes the fragility of memory, arguing that it can be lost, in whole or in part, due to illness, injury, and even panic. Further Lq on this topic. The second half of the quotation is itself a quotation: The narrator, a version of Borges himself, meets Ireneo Funes, a teenage boy who lives in Fray BentosUruguayin Sign up for our email newsletter.

He also mentions Messala Corvinus, the orator, who lost recollection of even his own name. This page was last edited on 24 Septemberat Borges spends the whole night talking to Funes in the dark. 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.

One of the main newspapers in Argentina. Funes has an immediate intuition of the mane of a horse or the form of a constantly changing flame that is comparable to our normal people’s intuition of a simple geometric shape such as a triangle or square. In fact, he starts chapter 24 of book VII saying: The relation to Funes, Shereshevskii, and Nietzsche is fascinating.


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Says Funes, midway through the story:. Most of these characters had been earlier described by Cicero in his Tusculan Disputations. Aust N Z J Psychiatry. Already in fjnes 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. 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.

Funes el memorioso

Even in funex cases, however, the memory is not eidetic as, while exceptional, it only contains personally-relevant autobiographical information [3]. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

He learns that Ireneo Funes has meanwhile suffered a horseback riding accident and is now hopelessly crippled. As narrative this can be seen as extended version of insomnia. In fact, toward the end of the story he mentions that Funes found sleeping difficult, because to sleep is to get distracted from the world. Henry Holt, ; repr.

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It is a fantastical presentation of a common human complaint. If we remembered everything, we should on most occasions be as ill off as if we remembered nothing.


In order to pass the time, Funes has mmoife 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.

The very existence of eidetic memory is controversial, although hyperthymesianow known as highly superior autobiographical memory HSAMthe ability to recall one’s past day-by-day, has been confirmed to exist by some neuroscientists Parker et mmoiee.

The narrator claims that this prevents abstract thought, given that induction and deduction rely on this ability. Funes enumerates to Borges the cases of prodigious memory cited in the Historia Naturalisand adds that he marvels that those are considered marvellous.

Stanford University Press, Harvard University Press; London: Funes may be compared to an autistic savantin that he has acquired an extraordinary ability, memorywithout the obvious need for study or practice. The narrator mentions that Locke postulated then rejected an impossible idiom “in which each individual thing, each stone, each bird and each branch would have its own name; Funes once projected an analogous language, but discarded it because it seemed too general to him, too ambiguous” [4] since it did not take time into account: William James, The Principles of Psychologyauthorized ed.