Mario Bellatin’s Salon de belleza centers on the production of space, rather than on the existence of things and persons occupying or moving. 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. In Bellatin’s Salón de belleza aquariums filled with exotic fish function as Salón de belleza by Mexican-Peruvian author Mario Bellatin was first published in.

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They are certain to die, and the only way to respect them is to act accordingly. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Beauty Salon is like an elaborate tango between life and destruction, elegantly dancing back and forth across the plotline as if it were brlleza dance floor and flourishing each step with his mutli-layered symbolism. When he puts the fish on the nightstand of a dying young man, they give him comfort, like the bellati the dying find being able to spend their last days in the company of their peers.

The effect is distinctly cinematic: He allows the imperfections of the human world to intrude upon his musings on the fish.

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The narrator deflects questions about the apparent disconnect between his selfless actions and singular obsession with fish, sternly resisting self-examination.

The beauticians, all men, attend their female clients in drag. Aug 29, Evita Galindo-Doucette rated it really liked it. This is the sort of book that makes you want to run out and hug everyone you know and live your life as a better person, the sort of book that makes you thankfully cling to your health in the present and makes your heart ache for those less fortunate than you as you contemplate ways you could ease the ocean of suffering in the world, even if only by one tiny drop.

On his return to Mexico inhe became the director of the Department of Literature and Hum Mario Bellatin grew up in Peru as the son of Peruvian parents. See all free Kindle reading apps. There is no obsessive focus on this, as if we’re listening to the rasped and rushed words of a man on his deathbed, and yet there is a confessional quality to it, with topics fading in and out as he calmly speaks on.


As recent work by cultural geographers suggests, space is a condensation of the acts that comprise it. Credit offered by NewDay Ltd, over 18s only, subject to status.

At 63 pages not much of an investment either way.

What he has given to them, and Bellatin to us, is a model for dying, and for living; for treating the abject body with honesty and respect, despite its difference and decay—perhaps because of it.

Read this for class and it was an interesting read, but overall I didn’t enjoy as a pleasure read. L rated it did not like it Aug 21, Including a few details that may linger uncomfortably with the reader for a long time, sslon is contemporary naturalism as disturbing as it gets.


InBellatin moved to Cuba, where he studied screenplay writing at the International Film School Latinoamericana. Don’t have a Kindle? Beauty Salon is a parable, but one grounded by its specific social critique.

Stonewall Book Award Nominee for Literature Unlimited One-Day Delivery and more. A Companion to the Gothic. This tiny novella is so carefully crafted and emits a poetic radiance through its swirling, short sentence structure. View freely available titles: The confluence of these factors, as well, salno an allegorical commentary on the HIV virus and AIDS and the history of the treatment of infected individuals in our society.

Salón De Belleza

He seems to have decided that the only way to survive is safely behind glass, submersed in a watery, submarine world, removed from a society that is far sicker than any of his patients are. No city is ever named, no disease identified, no people called by name—a vast, tragic wasteland of isolation, compassion, dismal inevitability.

But in my work the rules of the game are always obvious, the guts are exposed, and you can see what is being cooked up.

Sep 16, Anthony Ferner rated it really liked it Shelves: The rustle of language. Roland Barthes 47 Estimated H-index: One might also think of Saramago’s Blindness and other books where disease seems to wipe out a population, though the focus on the narrator’s lifestyle reminds the reader that not everyone is dying of this disease.


Lists with This Book. Ethel rated it did not like it Jun 10, It might not be pretty, but I’d still be interested in reading more of Bellatin’s work in the future, pretty or no.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. In the case of Salon de bellezathe acts that can constitute space are ultimately limited to one sole act, to dying.

However, the space-time of allegory theorized by Walter Benjamin, Idelbar Avelar and others undermines the apparent ideological closure of allegory understood narrowly as spatialized representation.

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View all 12 comments. InBellatin moved to Cuba, where he studied screenplay writing at the International Film School Latinoamericana. The central character has who has been running a beauty salon has turned it into a hospice for people dying, from what appears to be some unnamed plague on the outside. The fish are rather pivotal to the story, reflecting all aspects of humanity in the novella. It’s all very unsettling and the reader is left wondering if there’s any meaning to life at all or if we are the fish, easily purchased and easily discarded.

Life does seem to go on in the city, even though it feels as though many men come through the Terminal’s door. Not for everyone, but it should be. His nightlife is full of dangers from others, such as a gang that attacks men like him who dress as women and these victims that survive the sporadic violence are subjected to further suffering as they are subsequently shunned by the general population.

The thoughts they inspire certainly aren’t warm and fuzzy, but they get interesting.

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