My beloved city
Beautiful and authentic, classical and contemporary: Few can resist Buenos Aires’ special charm, and award-winning author Claudia Piñeiro is not one of them. For her the city is filled with magic and love. Join her on a very personal tour of the Argentinean capital
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I am in love with Buenos Aires. I lived downtown for eight years, from age 25 to 32, and still spend a lot of time here. My home is now 40 kilometers north of the city but like so many others I travel in several times a week.
People who live just as far out or even further come day after day to study, to walk, to shop, to visit their psychoanalyst or to take care of all kinds of things.
If necessary, I even come in twice a day. I don’t mind. And if I did, I couldn’t do anything about it because the pull of Buenos Aires is so powerful.
Inspired: Author Claudio Piñeiro browses at her favorite bookstore, Eterna Cadencia. Her debut novel Yours is set in Buenos Aires
A place to watch the world go by: Stories abound on the streets of Palermo. Maybe one of them will provide material for Claudia Piñeiro’s next novel
Tango, naturally: A couple performs to an appreciative audience on Plaza Dorrego in San Telmo. Music is everywhere in Buenos Aires
Evita & Claudia
Claudia Piñeiro’s favorite museum takes visitors on a journey into the history of Argentina and the life of Evita Duarte de Perón. Exhibits include her clothes, letters, pictures and lots more besides
Museo Evita: Lafinur 2988, Tel. +54-11/48 07 03 06. Opening times: Tue-Sun 11am-7pm. Admission: 15 pesos.
A notepad with a floral cover, a gold pencil, an eraser that looks like an onion and a pencil: The author stocks up on some fancy stationery at Papelera Palermo.
Papelera Palermo: Cabrera 5227, Tel. +54-11/48 33 30 81. Opening times: Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 11am-8pm
Argentina’s literary shooting star was born in Buenos Aires in 1960. After earning a degree in economics, she has worked by turns as a journalist, playwright, author of children’s and young adult literature, and television director. Her debut novel, "Yours", was shortlisted for the prestigious Premio Planeta prize in 2003, and her second novel, "Thursday Night Widows" (Bitter Lemon Press, London 2010, 278 pages, $11.66), earned her the Premio Clarin title in 2005. In October, her book "Elena Sabe" (not yet published in English) won the 2010 German LiBeraturpreis Award
Pictures: Radiusimages, Victor Wolf (6)