There are periods in which the beauty salon is completely empty. This happens when all the guests die in a short span of time and newly. Mario Bellatin, Author, Kurt Hollander, Translator, trans. from the Formerly a stylist in a beauty salon in an unnamed city, the narrator. Beauty Salon. By: Mario Bellatin April 14, A few years ago my interest in aquariums led me to decorate my beauty salon with colored fish. Now that the.

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Bibliography Photography-Embedded Literature Or as he says: Email required Address never made public. He recites individuals types and recollects their behavior, with particular attention to violent encounters or mysterious deaths, starting with the first three fish he ever purchased.

It’s all very unsettling and the reader is left wondering if there’s any meaning bellatin life at all or if we are the fish, easily purchased and easily discarded. CR is dedicated to thoughtful, in-depth criticism without regard to what’s commercially appealing.

Beauty Salon by Mario Bellatín, translated by Kurt Hollander – / daily review

Through both flows the mix of beauty, death, and eroticism that is at the heart of this slim work. Before standing on a busy street corner dressed as transvestites we would hide the suitcases in a hole at the base of statues of national heroes. At first I would get to know them, I even got close to some of them on occasion.

At one point the narrator puts an aquarium with black tetras nellatin his bed to cheer him up but then quickly recants:. Even if it seems too much to say.

Mario Bellatin: Enigma of Beauty

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. I read many more books than I write about here at Vertigo. Heavy and full of emotion.

This is where the detached tone becomes interesting. Read more Read less. A few steps more and your towel is immediately stripped away. Sometimes life imitates mairo.


By the time the narrator is telling his story, though, he indicates that he has burned most of these clothes. Like what you read? In this haunting, pared-down story – skeletal even for a novella – the unnamed narrator runs a beauty salon on the rundown outskirts of a big city, also unnamed.

The other female tried to eat the babies.

At night, they go into the city where, in pursuit of pleasure, they frequent the clubs and bath-houses dressed as women. Today I think of David Gorin’s PENamerican elegy and imagine Liu Xiaobo crossing a street in lower Manhattan even now, umbrella in one hand, phone in the other, googling the news, no one to stop him https: Apr 03, Mike Puma rated it really liked it Shelves: Bibliography Photography-embedded Literature — The s: Bellatin always seems to be writing against the grain, a tendency that can make his brief books seem ephemeral.

This obsession is a significant part of the structure of the novel: There were three of us working in the salon. Reading Beauty Salonit takes a little while to get over the implicit assumption that the Terminal as the Beauty Salon is now called is some kind of a medical care facility or even a hospice.

Beauty Salon

As that observation might suggest, I would hazard to say that Beauty Salon might be the most depressing work that I’ve ever read through. Gritty, emotionally impacting, and downright heartbreaking, this novella makes me hope that the English reading world will soon be treated to more translations of this bellaatin that has made quite a mark on the Mexican literary scene.

Without any feelings of remorse I gradually stopped feeding them and hoped they would eat each other. The Japanese girls would then put your bag into a numbered locker and usher you into the next room. Because the narrator is surrounded by the dying all day, and because beaauty is linked to them by homosexuality and marjo by being afflicted with the disease itselfone would assume that he would naturally want to empathize with them, or at least he would be drawn in by empathy.


Once again I had to get the glove I used to dye hair. Una rara peste fulmina paulatinamente a los habitantes de una gran ciudad. To ask other beauhy questions about Beauty Salonplease sign up.

I have to give a bed and a bowl of soup to the victims who have seen bexuty disease spread across their bodies, and I have to do it all alone. He spent two years studying theology at the seminary Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo and graduated from the University of Lima.

Reminded me a lot of Cortazar’s story about the axolotl. We all float along at the whim of a world we cannot understand or control, like the fish subjected to the neglect of their weary owner.

Mario Bellatin’s “Beauty Salon” – Words Without Borders

My spirit seems to have completely nellatin me, and all this is now just something of belpatin past. 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. Two days later I checked to make sure that none of the black tetras had survived in the cold water.

It would be crazy to return at dawn on an all-night bus dressed in my nighttime work clothes. The hope was that while the clients were being attended to they would feel as if they were submerged in crystal-clear water, rejuvenated and beautiful once they returned to the surface. I made up my mind…that if there was no other option the best thing was a quick death under the most comfortable conditions I could offer the sick person.