The narrator, a version of Borges himself, meets Ireneo Funes, a teenage boy who lives in Fray Bentos , Uruguay , in Borges's cousin asks the boy for the time, and Funes replies instantly, without the aid of a watch and accurate to the minute. Borges returns to Buenos Aires , then in comes back to Fray Bentos, intending to relax and study some Latin. He learns that Ireneo Funes has meanwhile suffered a horseback riding accident and is now hopelessly crippled. Soon enough, Borges receives a note from Funes, requesting that the visitor lend him some of his Latin books and a dictionary.
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We are our memory. We are that chimerical museum of shifting shapes. That pile of broken mirrors. Funes el memorioso Spanish. Without totally forgetting a prodigious number of states of consciousness, and momentarily forgetting a large number, we could not remember at all. As an example he tells the story of a man who lost the capacity to name letters after being struck by a stone, and of another who forgot certain people after falling from a fuunes. In The Principles of Psychologymmolre of his fore- most works, James ,moire this about memory:.
The first properly documented case of extraordinary memory is that of Solomon Shereshevskii, studied by the celebrated Russian psychologist Alexander Luria starting in the s. Jill Pricealong with 10 others, can remember with funez accuracy most days of their lives starting from the average age of University Press of Mississippi,p.
The strange thing about the obituary is that Borges barely refers to Joyce or his work and instead describes Ireneo Funes, the main character of the story he was writing at the time. Borges correctly points out to him that this is precisely the opposite of a system of enumeration, but Funes is incapable of such understanding. He reveals that, since his fall from the horse, he perceives everything in full detail and remembers it all. Price has stated that she, like Funes, views her memory as a curse.
En busca de la conciencia en el cerebro [Caverns and palaces: On their next meeting, however, Funes welcomes Borges by reciting, mockingly, in perfect Latin: Borges returns to Buenos Airesthen in comes back to Fray Bentos, intending to relax and study some Latin.
Soon enough, Borges receives a note from Blrges, requesting that the visitor lend him some of his Latin books and a dictionary. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. The real-life case of Daniel Tammet b. This section needs additional citations for verification. The second half of obrges quotation is itself a quotation: Funes sits in a dark room and goes over the events in his past.
Of the magical compadrito of my story I can state that he is a precursor to supermen, a suburban, incomplete Zarathustra; what cannot be denied is that he is a monster. Funes may be compared to an autistic savantin that he has acquired an extraordinary ability, memorywithout the obvious need for study or practice. May Learn how and when to remove this template message. On the contrary, these parallel writings provide a philosophical and scientific funex in which Borges may have found part of his inspiration.
Further Skywriting on this topic. Most of these characters had been earlier described by Cicero in his Tusculan Disputations. June 7,was a Sunday like any other amid the altered routine of the Second Funea War. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. These cookies do not store any personal information. Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies.
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Funes the Memorious
We are our memory. We are that chimerical museum of shifting shapes. That pile of broken mirrors. Funes el memorioso Spanish. Without totally forgetting a prodigious number of states of consciousness, and momentarily forgetting a large number, we could not remember at all. As an example he tells the story of a man who lost the capacity to name letters after being struck by a stone, and of another who forgot certain people after falling from a fuunes.
Borges and Memory: Encounters with the Human Brain [Excerpt]