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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Something, however, seems to be keeping me from giving the aquariums all the attention they deserve. Bellatin has bdauty a lyrical and macabre fable about a man with many sides: Although one might consider the illness a metaphor for AIDS—and thus somewhat dated—it is really much better seen a metaphor for sickness in its many senses, and for what sickness does to humanity.

Originally published in but recently translated from the Spanish by Kurt Hollander, I feel this disquieting novella is destined to haunt—and ultimately beuty reader who dares allow himself to reflect upon its deeper lessons. 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.


It was a good hour to do so since many of the clients preferred not to come to this neighborhood so late at night.

Bellatin’s Beauty Salon

Salon de Belleza Paperback. Beauty Salon is, like the fish tanks described within, a small, closed environment, although the paths that can be taken through it are many. He imposes stringent order on his guests: We all slept together in one large bed. Amazon Renewed Marii products with a warranty.

The victims of the attacks were treated with contempt when they were brought into the hospitals. I no longer have the energy to go out at night and cruise for men, either.

Mario Bellatin: Enigma of Beauty

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. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

You are commenting using your Facebook account. The beauticians, all men, attend their female clients in drag.

: Beauty Salon (): Mario Bellatin, Kurt Hollander: Books

It was a place exclusively for men. They are provided with a basic refuge as they enter the final stages of the disease. You’ll have to read it to find out about them. The sick and dying are merely escorted to the grave, while the fish are cared for in ways particular to their special needs. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The main character was at times very unlikeable which was disturbing. He died soon after. Bibliography Photography-embedded Literature — The s: Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.


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If all of that isn’t enough to scare you off and, instead, you feel intrigued, then I would actually recommend Beauty Salon Of course, Beauty Salon does not share any of the whimsy of this particular prank, but what it does have is an amazing attention to details and an bellatij to provoke deep thought Get to Know Us.

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Again one is intrigued by the narrator, who can clearly be so methodical and full of care when he wants, but chooses not to beeauty this care for his fellow humans. There were three of us working in the salon.

In beajty city, however, such high fashion went unappreciated, which is why my friend would spend hours standing alone on the corner. Trading in his barber chairs and hair dryers for cots and a kerosene cooker, the nameless narrator converts his salon into the Terminal, a haven where shunned and afflicted young men gather to spend their final days.