He told me the fellow in the alleyway was one Ireneo Funes, known for certain peculiarities such as avoiding contact with peo~. pIe and always knowing what. Highbrow, dandy, city slicker—Funes did not utter those insulting words, but I know He told me that the boy in the narrow street was one Ireneo Funes, and. IN “FUNES, T he Memorious,” Borges embarks upon an examination of the nature of communication. Ireneo Funes, the object of this fictional testimonial, is.

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Because Funes can distinguish every physical object at every distinct time of viewing, he has no clear need of generalization or detail-suppression for fnes management of sense impressions. The narrator, irneo version of Borges himself, meets Ireneo Funes, a teenage boy who lives in Fray BentosUruguayin 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”.

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 al.

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”. All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from August All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from January Articles with permanently dead external links Articles with Russian-language external links Articles needing additional references from May All articles needing additional references.

The narrator argues that a positional number system is a better tool for abstraction.

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.

Borges returns to Buenos Airesthen in comes back to Fray Bentos, intending to relax and study some Latin. He reveals that, since his fall from the horse, he perceives everything in full detail and remembers it all.


The real-life case of Daniel Tammet b. The scientific term for their unique condition is ” hyperthymestic syndrome “, more recently known as highly superior autobiographical memory HSAM. Borges correctly points out to him that this is precisely ireneoo opposite of a system of enumeration, but Funes is incapable of such understanding.

In order to pass the 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 jreneo each number a different, arbitrary name.

Retrieved from ” https: Borges’s cousin asks the boy for the time, and Funes replies instantly, without the aid of a watch and accurate to the minute. He finds it very difficult to sleep, since he recalls “every crevice and every moulding of the various houses which [surround] him”.

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Funes the Memorious

As he packs, he remembers the books and goes to Funes’s house. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Price has stated that she, like Funes, views her memory as a curse. This is stated in the line “To think is to forget a difference, to generalize, to abstract. He learns that Ireneo Funes has meanwhile suffered a ieeneo riding accident and is now hopelessly crippled.

Funes enumerates to Borges the cases of prodigious memory cited in the Historia Naturalisand adds that he marvels that those are considered marvellous. Funes has an immediate intuition of the mane of a horse or the form iremeo a constantly changing flame that is comparable to our normal people’s intuition of a simple geometric shape such as a triangle or square.

Borges explores irenep variety of topics in the text, such as the need of generalization and abstraction to thought and science. Borges himself states the tale is a metaphor for this in the prologue to Artifices.

Borges, disconcerted, sends Funes what he deems the most difficult works “in order fully to undeceive him”. Funes, we are told, is incapable of Platonic ideas, of generalities, of abstraction; his world is one of intolerably uncountable details. Funes’s mother escorts him to a patio where the youth usually spends his dark jreneo.


In the overly replete world of Funes, there were nothing but details. It is a fantastical presentation of a common human funees. The unheeded marvel is a common theme in Borges’s writing. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. The story raises the unresolved question of how much unfulfilled potential the human brain truly contains.

Aust N Z J Psychiatry. The narrator claims that this prevents abstract thought, given that induction and deduction rely on this ability. Soon enough, Borges receives a note from Funes, requesting that the visitor lend him some of his Latin books and a dictionary. Funes sits in a dark room and goes over the events in his past.

Because “memorious” is a rare word in modern English, some translators opt for this alternate translation. The Mind of a Mnemonist”. He remembers, for example, the shape of clouds at all given moments, as well as the associated perceptions muscular, thermal, etc. Fumes Learn how and when to remove this template message.

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This section needs additional citations for verification. Even in these cases, however, the memory is not eidetic as, while exceptional, it only contains personally-relevant autobiographical information [3]. Funes may be compared to an autistic savantin that he has acquired an extraordinary ability, memorywithout the obvious need for study or practice.

Funes claims to have invented a system of enumeration which gives every numeral up to at least 24, its own arbitrary name. This page was last edited on 24 Septemberat Days later, Borges receives a telegram from Buenos Aires calling for his return due to his father’s ill health.

Further Skywriting on this topic. 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 Mnemonist[6] which some speculate was the inspiration for Borges’s story.

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