María Kodama together with who would have been chosen to take care of the work of Borges.
He is a person about whom no one speaks with his first and last name. Not even María Kodama had provided those signs that today are of the greatest importance. In that secrecy, the deceased executor of Borges’s work and widow of the writer would have designated a person years ago to succeed her in the task of caring for the work of the author of Fictions, but without making it specifically known. “She’s even more demanding than me,” Kodama had said in an interview, referring to whom she would continue her task. However, it is not something that everyone is unaware of.
Even the same lawyer Fernando Soto, Kodama’s representative, said he himself had spoken with the person designated by Kodama as heir, who would have confirmed “that he wanted to make a will in his favor with legacies to foreign universities, and to people he is friends with.” ”. But Soto did not slip a name and surname either.
Despite this, in circles close to Kodama one person is pointed out as the successor.
María Kodama with Claudia Farías Gómez in the presentation of their joint book.
Claudia Farías Gómez is a lawyer and runs a prestigious law firm specialized in advising companies, but it was not this activity that linked her to Kodama, but friendship and study. For years together they had deepened their knowledge of Japanese and in recent times they were in full study of Mongolian culture, which Kodama maintained was part of her family tree: “They were warriors and free, like me,” said Borges’s widow. . They had written the book La divisa punzó together, published this year, which reviewed some issues in the life of Juan Manuel de Rosas based on little-read or unpublished documents. Claudia Farías Gómez and María Kodama frequented each other on a daily basis.
In fact, it was she who was in charge of recognizing Kodama’s body for the preparation of the death certificate.
Farías Gómez is pointed out as the woman that Kodama would have designated as her successor, but – until now – without a paper that accounts for her decision. Infobae chatted with her.
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–Claudia, what is the situation regarding any document about the last will of María Kodama?
–It is possible that there is no document signed by María that gives an account of her last will, despite the care she always had with these matters. It is also possible to think that during the last days this matter was not the priority in her mind and that is why such an absence. Those of us who surround her during these last times will not bother her by asking her for her will.
–In any case, before the call for the State to look for heirs, there were already presentations.
–Now the five nephews of María, children of a brother of hers with whom she had no relationship, appeared before the summons to search for heirs carried out by the lawyer Fernando Soto.
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They also had no public link to Borges’s work. Couldn’t this be risky for the Borges legacy that Kodama guarded?
–If we think positively and follow the criteria that María established in the Foundation and we agree, it does not have to be risky. There are some patrimonial assets and some intangibles, which are precisely those constituted by the work of Borges, his legacy.
–Of course, for that it is necessary to designate a person or group of people who can knowingly take care of Borges’s legacy.
It’s a very affordable option.
-Tell me one thing. Kodama had pointed out in an interview with Pablo Gianera that she had already designated the name of her replacement in the task she was carrying out, someone even more demanding than herself. Lawyer Soto himself pointed out that everyone suspected who she was referring to. Many suggest that Kodama was referring to you. What could she say about it?
It’s not for me to say.
Claudia Farias Gomez. With Kodama to the end.
-Well. As a very close friend of Kodama’s, do you know of anyone else Kodama might have been referring to with those words?
It’s not for me to say. What a rogue (laughs).
–It is said that a last will of Kodama could exist in some other country, protected there in some way.
–Friends of María and mine have called me from abroad assuring that such a document could be in one of these countries that María frequented so much. The next step is to search for that document, if it exists.
– I ask you as a lawyer, don’t the times of Justice make this task urgent?
–We are fine with the times of justice and we will see how this issue continues.
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