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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They are certain to die, and the only way to respect them is to act accordingly. It is a novella, some passages you could not call them chapters are less than a page long, and so it is easily and quickly read.

I hesitate to use the word “detached” when discussing the narrator, as he never pulls away and out of life, yet he seals off his swlon to connect emotionally with anyone or anything. Want to Read saving….

The book is structured with the narrator telling his story without interruption, ultimately revealing that he, too, has contracted the same illness as those who die around him and it is only a matter of time before he’ll share the fate of so many others who have arrived at the Terminal.

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 than we might have imagined, or were told that we could. 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.


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There’s a problem loading this menu at the moment. Lists with This Book. Get to Know Us. The narrator is at home with the underbelly of society, with the dregs and the outcasts, and feels he must offer aid where nobody else will. They lurk behind cloudy green glass, forgotten by those who should care for them and watch over them. Although the plague is never named, there is a strong implication of being the Bellatib epidemic. I argue that the hyper-allegorization in the novel causes the reader to experience ds creation of an analogous deathly space that seems to restrict or compromise interpretative life.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Sean rated it did not like it Oct 07, View freely available titles: Alejandra Alvarez rated it did not like it May 18, Read this for class and it was an interesting read, but overall I didn’t enjoy as a pleasure read.

Aida rated it did not like it Feb 04, Swlon to Book Page. Furst 1 Estimated H-index: One might also think of Saramago’s Blindness and other books where disease seems to wipe out a population, though the focus on the narrator’s lifestyle reminds the reader that not everyone is dying of this disease.

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As such, it exists for certain persons and certain activities and can facilitate or hinder action. Jonatan rated it did not like it Oct 06, 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 fe.


His nightlife is full of dangers from others, such as a gang that attacks men like him who dress as women and these victims that survive the sporadic violence are subjected to further suffering as they are subsequently shunned by the general population. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

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.

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: Other Papers By First Author. We drift through the inevitable.

Salón De Belleza

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I returned a few minutes later to discover the carnage. Download PDF Cite this paper.

This focus on production underlines the bellarin and political nature of space. Rosemary Jackson 1 Estimated H-index: View all 12 comments. However, eventually nobody even mentions the fish.

Raullector rated it did not like it Apr 13, If we are the fish, then we’re really simply floating through life, subject to the whims of a greater force outside the tank

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