A few weeks ago i saw a video on youtube of Julio Cortazar explaining what Cronopios and Famas meant, the title of his books that carried some of his most poignant non-fiction works. Cortazar was wearing a navy tunic shirt and sunglasses that made him look like a bee. It was the 70s and his hirsute appearance made him look like a dislocated hermit or an old testament prophet.
Last December, as I was scouring bookstores in Manila, i chanced upon a copy of Cronopios y Famas, which was rare as manila bookstore only featured popular titles and even rarer for them to carry a title that has been out of print for a long time. I would argue that the book belonged to the classics section but seeing thay no one knew this it was shelved along with general fiction titles. I finally decided to buy it today.