A street performance character who calls herself "La Malera," waits to pose with passers by for photos ion the Plaza Dorrego in Buenos Aires. Noted Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges wrote often about people on the margins -- thugs, knife fighters, prostitutes and scoundrels. The magic realist author influenced the work of many of the western hemisphere's greatest writers.
(Kevin Moloney for the New York Times)
Copyright (c) Kevin Moloney, 2005