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Concept and Meaning of CronopeCronope is a concept created by Argentine writer Julio Cortázar (1914-1984). The cronopes are green and moist, according to what is imagined by the author of the novel "Hopscotch", which never gave too much detail about the physical appearance of these characters.
The first time that Cortazar has used the term, it was in an article published in 1952, when he reviewed a concert given by Louis Armstrong in Paris. The author had the idea when, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, he had a vision of green globes floating around the room.
The concept of the cronopes remained in the spirit of Cortázar, who wrote a series of stories and poems with these characters as protagonists in the book ' Cronopes and famous ", published in 1962.
According to what emerges from the texts, the cronopes are idealistic, naive and sensitive creatures. In this way, they are distinguished from other beings created by the writer, as the famous (pretentious and formal) and hopes (annoying and ignorant).
Cortázar wished to clarify that the term cronope has nothing to do with time, which could be inferred from the prefix crono ('Crono'). In fact, the Argentine said that it was a word which came to him in mind and which had seemed to him appropriate for naming these beings as well.
Over the years, also although Cortázar than his friends and followers have begun to use the notion of cronope as adjective or honorary title applied to people they admired. Off, Cortazar is often called as the major Cronope.