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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dd Mario Bellatin 2 Estimated H-index: The effect is distinctly cinematic: Sean rated it did not like it Oct 07, A weighty novella with images that will linger of a transvestite beautician whose beauty parlor transitions from its intended function of the enhancement of appearance to that of the Terminal the only proper noun used in the novel —a place where those who suffer from an incurable, fatal, unnamed disease come to die.

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 on.

Other Papers By First Author. Beauty Salon is, like the fish tanks described within, a small, closed environment, although the paths that can bellatin taken through it are many. If poetry is making nothing happen, as Auden once said, than this novel shows that prose can as well. Kindness seems almost cruel at times, too, as evidenced by the stringent rules the narrator imposes on the Terminal: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


Formerly a stylist in a beauty salon in an unnamed city, the narrator, a transvestite, has now transformed the salon into the Terminal, ‘where people who have nowhere to die end their days.

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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. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Including a few details bellatinn may linger uncomfortably with the reader for a long time, this is contemporary naturalism as disturbing as it bellaton.

I 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.

Salón De Belleza

Bellatin crafts some of the most haunting imagery and even now, weeks later, I still recall scenes with a shudder. The main character was at times very unlikeable which was disturbing. He allows no sense of hope, discourages encouragement when symptoms temporarily subside, and bans any religious prayer or icons. Furst 1 Estimated H-index: I’m still working through my general dislike of this.

Beauty Salon by Mario Bellatin

This is the sort of book that makes you want to run out and hug everyone you know and live your ds 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.

Bellatin offers a different be,latin of reading, and of telling, a story—one in which what is unsaid, incompletely rendered, allows respectful room for discovering and conveying more than we might have imagined, or were told that we could. There’s a problem loading this menu at the moment.


Instead the audience peppered him for more information about Nagaoka, who was said to have a nose so immense that it impeded his ability to eat. Yet, it is the poor, the discarded, those on the fringes of society—be it by choice or cast off for being deemed as an illness to society—that must suffer and die in pitiful conditions and solitude, often forgotten by those around them or ignored by the multitude of marching feet that pound the pavement just away beyond where they lie dying in a gutter.

Visit our Help Pages. View all 57 comments. Download PDF Cite this paper. Delivery and Returns see our delivery rates and policies thinking of returning an item? Realizing that there were many others with nowhere else to go, he bellati began to take them in, too. Return to Book Page. 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.

He spent two years studying theology at the seminary Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo and graduated from the University of Lima. Share your thoughts with other customers.

A few years ago the Mexican novelist Mario Bellatin attended one of those literary conferences here where writers are asked to talk about their own favorites. He explains that he fell—as if by accident—into running the hospice: View freely available titles: