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