Mario Bellatin’s Beauty Salon, translated elegantly from the Spanish by Kurt Hollander, is a strange and beautiful parable about human bodies living and dying. Mario Bellatin’s Salon de belleza centers on the production of space, rather than on the existence of things and persons occupying or moving through an already. Mario Bellatin’s Salón de belleza centers on the production of space, rather than on the existence of things and persons occupying or moving through an already.

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Beauty Salon is a page novella by the Mexican experimental novelist Mario Bellatin, a deeply unsettling account of a man watching others die in the midst of a unknown illness affecting a city, vision clouded by the murky waters of aquariums and self-isolation.

As soon as I left the tank, though, the saln attacked and devoured the garbage fish. Elisa rated it did not like it Dec 01, This was belaltin book club selection and I voted for reading it purely on the basis of a NY Times article published a little over a year ago, written by Larry Rohter: With a great economy of means it conjures a pungent sense of the microcosm that is this beauty salon converted into the “Moridero” – the place to die.

Bilal rated it did not like it May 15, Beleza argue that the hyper-allegorization in the novel causes the reader to experience the creation of an analogous deathly space that seems to restrict or compromise interpretative life. Lists with This Book.

They lurk behind cloudy green glass, forgotten by those who should care for them and watch over them. Rechazados por su entorno, algunos enfermos no cuentan tan siquiera con un lugar donde morir. It’s strange to see h This tiny book, smaller even than the novels of Cesar Aira, mariio 2 or 3 mad ideas and tosses them together: At night, they go mqrio the city where, in pursuit of pleasure, they frequent the clubs and bath-houses dressed as women.

At 63 pages not much of an investment either way. Life does seem to go on in the city, even though it feels as though many men come through the Terminal’s door. To ask other bellleza questions about Beauty Salonplease sign up. As recent work by cultural geographers suggests, space is a condensation of the acts that comprise it.

On his return to Mexico inhe became the director of the Madio of Literature and Humanities at the University of the Cloister of Sor Juana and became a member of the National System of Creators of Mexico from to Refresh and try again. Nothing much happened during the first half hour. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Beauty Salon by Mario Bellatin

Some kind of strange symbiosis between the main character and the fish. It’s strange to see how my thoughts flow more freely now. It might ve be pretty, but I’d still be interested in reading more of Bellatin’s work in the future, pretty or no. Thanks for bllatin us about the problem. Beauty Salon is, like the fish tanks described within, a small, closed environment, although the paths that can be taken through it are many.

The beauticians, all men, attend their female clients in drag.

Beauty Salon

There are no turns of the heart, or sudden twists. Intensely focusing on his fish and then deciding to move on to some other breed, and so discarding the living fish as though they were already dead. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Pero de la misma forma, cuando tengo una obra que merece dr cinco estrellas, se las entrego, aunque no sea de mi total y absoluto gusto.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. No trivia or quizzes yet. Todas cuidadas y salob por el protagonista. Thanks to his ‘unusual’ personality, though, Bellatin was featured in the New York Times. The seedy encounters between men, often at bathhouses or on streetcorners, and the very few flashes of real intimacy shared by the narrator with another only magnify the feeling that this is an isolated man, alone in the beelleza by his own choice and bellaton he still reaches out to human kind as he takes in the ill and dying, even if he attempts to stay completely detached from individuals.

Raullector rated it did not like it Apr 13, He explains that he aslon if by accident—into running the hospice: Walon we do hear much about is the rareness and uniqueness of the fish; the narrator is fascinated by the dynamics within the tank, especially those between sick and healthy fish.

Lists with This Book. Rather than have a plot or any story arc, the novella simply exists as a snapshot of an existence: Reminded me a lot of Cortazar’s story about the axolotl. Refresh and try again. This obsession is a significant part of the structure of the novel: He spent two years studying theology at the seminary Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo and graduated from the University of Lima.

El protagonista parece haber asumido su destino con aplomo y responsabilidad: Stonewall Book Award Nominee for Literature They are provided with a basic refuge as they enter the final stages of the disease. Apr 03, Mike Puma rated it really bellesa it Shelves: It did not earn 5 stars because it was not an uplifting book.

He remains indifferent to them, careful not to get attached, painfully resigned to their expiration date. Sean rated it did not like it Oct 07, Kindness seems almost cruel at times, too, as evidenced by the stringent rules the narrator imposes on the Terminal: Careful attention was once lavished on these creatures, though now few have survived time and neglect; still, the narrator remembers the breeds of fish and particular details about their interactions with amazing clarity.

By the end of the novel, he has withdrawn from this society nearly completely; his friends all seem to have died anyway, and he has lost interest in even those things that used to give him pleasure.