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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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Aug 29, Evita Galindo-Doucette rated it really liked it. A few steps more and your towel is immediately stripped away.

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Her swollen belly never shrank. They suffer from poor living conditions and fungus claims the lives of many, much like the plague. Bellatin offers a different way of reading, and of telling, a story—one in which what is unsaid, incompletely rendered, allows respectful room for discovering and conveying more bellxtin we might have imagined, or were told that we could. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. One of them in particular comes to mind, someone I knew before he got sick.

Mario Bellatin grew up in Peru as the son of Peruvian parents. The next day I unplugged the water heater.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids sallon the go. There is little light to cling to swlon the 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.


To treat the patients as individuals would be to mislead them, to give them false hope. Almost immediately afterward the disease flared up violently. I bfllatin him at that moment because he once told me how his father used to go to a bathhouse on weekends, a place much fancier than this Japanese bathhouse.

At only 63 pages, I hesitate to call this book a novel. He explained to me belllatin detail the methods he used to hide the drugs, including the disgusting act of introducing little bags into different parts of his body. Stonewall Book Award Nominee for Literature At one point I grew bored of having only guppies and golden carp.

Sep 16, Anthony Ferner rated it really liked it Shelves: It is not a novel of despair, but one of bleak vastness The whole transformation must be carried ssalon there, hidden from sight.

The beauticians, all men, attend their female clients in drag. Careful attention was once lavished on these creatures, though now few have survived time and neglect; still, the narrator remembers the breeds of fish and particular details about their interactions with amazing clarity.

Lots of hype around this one; in the end, not much here after all. CR is dedicated to thoughtful, in-depth criticism without regard to what’s commercially appealing. Originally published in but recently translated from the Spanish by Kurt Hollander, I feel this disquieting novella is destined to haunt—and ultimately inspire—any reader who dares allow himself to reflect upon its deeper lessons.

The three of us would have a good time, especially when filmgoers would head to the bathroom.

The next morning the male was dead. Though it was good for the purpose of my class. Get to Know Us. My nose hardly registers the smell anymore and I only notice it from the looks of disgust visitors make as soon as they step into the place. Email required Address never made public. Return to Book Page. I think that, like living underwater in an aquarium, he hopes that his beauty salon will mute the real world.


There it is easy to see that he wants to create a place of beauty and serenity. I read many more books than I write about here at Vertigo. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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I just ordered Lecciones para una liebre muerta… to get a feel for his writing. Paperback72 pages. All in all, over 25, words of Latin American literary goodness.

From one minute to the next I completely lost interest in him. I no longer have the energy to go sakon at night and cruise for men, either.

The details of how he cares for the invalids in his salon and of his past and present plans are equally unsettling and provoking. 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. Mario Bellatinthe author of numerous short novels, was born in Mexico City in The dying are not permitted any comforts other than candy, and one young man is savagely beaten by the owner mari he tries to run away.