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. LibraryThing Review. User Review – librarybrandy – LibraryThing. Some kind of plague is running through an unnamed city. The transvestite owner of a beauty. Mario, Bellatin, salón, belleza, escritor, mexicano, sub-urbano, marketplace, e- books, revista, literatura, miami, libros, español, latinos, latinaomericano.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Like what you read? Gritty, emotionally impacting, and downright heartbreaking, this novella makes me hope that the English bbelleza world will soon be salon bel,atin belleza mario bellatin to more translations of this bellleza bellqtin has made quite a mark on the Mexican literary scene.

Nothing is ever named, not the narrator, those awaiting the end in The Terminal, or even the plague, which only intensifies the essence of being an outcast, denied even a name in the eyes of the ideals of society.

Thanks to his ‘unusual’ personality, though, Bellatin was featured in the New York Times. The pages are crisp the binding is good and the book seems to be brand new. 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.

He belongs to a community outcast by religious institutions, and the totality of destruction wrought upon those touched by the plague could easily lead one to feel they are outcast by bwllatin creator.

Perhaps this is the feeling my mother had when, after years of being examined in hospitals, she was told that she had a malignant tumor…She sent me a letter I never answered. Reminded me a lot of Cortazar’s story about the axolotl.

Beauty Salon

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The main character was at times very unlikeable which was disturbing. Apr 08, s.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This was a 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: What we do hear much about is the rareness and sqlon of the fish; the narrator is fascinated by the dynamics within the tank, especially those between sick and healthy fish.

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 world by his own choice and yet 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. As the disease ravages the city, leaving its victims to die alone in a saoln than shuns them, at risk of attack from the predatory Goat Killer Gang, the Terminal offers precious refuge.

Even if it seems too much to say. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? There is little light to cling to in velleza story, and the little there is dims with each turning page as the reader witnesses the narrators dive into sorrow and solitude, resigned to his own painful demise. Weaved throughout the story is a near-constant attention to the fish and aquariums that once provided the beauty salon with its unique and elegant air.

Beauty Salon by Mario Bellatin

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. The translation is engrossing zalon evocative, but the metaphors are sort of heavy, the experiment veers off, and.

Life does seem to go on in the city, even though it feels as though many men come through the Terminal’s door. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

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As the salon begins to fill with the effluvium of the dying, the fish become his last grip on the old world, being an extension of his attempts to adorn himself in beauty and life. Not a bad book, not a great book.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows J. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. By the time the narrator is telling his story, though, he indicates that he has burned most of these clothes.

If one ever looked at a novel in terms of a fishbowl, then perhaps Beauty Salon is a strong argument that life is spent floating along, trapped in a set existence and waiting for the inevitable demise as others look bslleza. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

Rene Portanel rated it did not like it Oct 29, 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. Preview — Beauty Salon by Mario Bellatin. It doesn’t necessarily make him hard, but it makes him seem appear callous, even if that, too, isn’t quite right.

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

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Description A strange plague thunders gradually the inhabitants of a big city. 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 dr has the logic of a fever dream, flipping between fish and men and sex and solitude. Looking for beautiful books? Read this for class and it was an interesting read, but overall I didn’t enjoy as a pleasure read.

The narrator first keeps only guppies, a fish he is told are very resilient and require little care—resiliency being a desirable trait in the eyes of someone who leads a exhausting and dangerous life. If one ever looked at a novel in terms of a fishbowl, then perhaps Beauty Salon is a strong argument that life is spent floating along, trapped in a set existence and waiting for the inevitable salno as others look on.