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Colour and gusto: El Preferido stroked by the paw of a tame tiger. The as­sured Ko­dama, with her play­ful eyes and pert grey bob, is diminu­tive and her many ban­gles chime as she walks with the sleek grace of a pedi­gree cat.

Those who crit­i­cise her, Ko­dama says, and her fierce guardian­ship of the Borges es­tate, are ‘‘ com­mon delin­quents’’. I like her enor­mously.

Just be­fore I leave, she in­tro­duces me to the grad­u­ate stu­dents and re­searchers work­ing in a top-storey room on an archive of her hus­band’s per­sonal pa­pers, his cher­ished books, copies of Sur , in­ter­na­tional news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines that span decades. It’s a labyrinthine li­brary of the great writer’s life that curls around cor­ners, the mul­ti­ply­ing re­flec­tions from tall win­dows sug­gest­ing the prospect of in­fin­ity. Su­san Kuro­sawa was a guest of Qan­tas and Destino Ar­gentina.


Qan­tas started thrice-weekly non-stop flights to Buenos Aires in Novem­ber last year. Fly­ing time is about 12 hours. Check web­site spe­cials or con­sider a tour with Aus­tralian-based South Amer­i­can spe­cial­ist Blanco Tour­ing Com­pany. More: www.blan­co­tour­ing­com­pany.com. www.qan­tas.com www.des­ti­noar­gentina.com www.eter­nau­tas.com

Pic­ture: Su­san Kuro­sawa

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