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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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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. One of the main newspapers in Argentina.

In fact, he starts chapter 24 of book VII saying: The story raises the unresolved question of how much unfulfilled potential the human brain truly contains. All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from August Vunes 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.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The fragment, the writer said, was on an odd-numbered page near the middle of the book. Funes sits in a dark room and goes over the events in his past. As we shall see in the following chapters, Shereshevskii possessed a very strong synesthesia—an involuntary link between different senses, like associating numbers with colors— that gave his memories a much richer content and thus made them easier to borgea.


All action requires forgetting, just as the existence of all organic things requires not only light, but darkness as well. Further Skywriting on this topic. Intervenciones sobre pensamiento y literatura Buenos Aires: 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 broges some neuroscientists Parker et al.

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The narrator, a version of Borges himself, meets Ireneo Funes, a teenage boy who lives in Fray BentosUruguayin Funes’s mother escorts him to a patio where the youth usually spends his dark hours. He learns that Tunes Funes has meanwhile suffered a horseback riding accident and is now hopelessly crippled.

Most of these characters had been earlier described by Cicero in his Tusculan Disputations.

Funes claims to have invented a system of enumeration which gives every numeral up to at least 24, its own arbitrary name. He reveals that, since his fall from the horse, he perceives boryes in full detail and remembers it all.

Price has stated that she, like Funes, views her memory as a curse.

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 roof.

Borges’s cousin asks the boy for the time, and Funes replies instantly, without the aid of a watch and accurate to the minute.


Funes, we are told, is incapable of Platonic ideas, of generalities, of abstraction; his world is one of intolerably uncountable details.

Borges and Memory: Encounters with the Human Brain [Excerpt] – Scientific American

Democritus is known for conceiving atomic theory; legend has it that he gouged his eyes out in his garden so that contemplation of the external world would not disturb his meditations. Dover,pp.

Borges spends the whole night talking to Funes in the dark. The real-life case of Daniel Tammet b. British-American neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks cites Luria’s book as the inspiration for his own book, Awakeningswhich is dedicated to Luria. Retrieved from ” https: Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Because “memorious” is a rare word in modern Fues, some translators opt for this alternate translation.

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. In fact, he starts chapter 24 of book VII saying:. Sign up for our email newsletter. Pliny considers it a blessing to possess an extraordinary memory.