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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Mario Bellatinthe author of numerous short novels, was born in Mexico City in I use some of the aquariums to store the personal belongings family members bring to the guests brauty in the beauty salon. He died soon after.

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Heavy and full of emotion. You’ll have to read it to find out about them.

He told me how his father had given him a trip to Europe years ago as a gift and that he had learned to dress like that from his travels. The fact that a person as beautiful as he was had been used in such a way by his lover really shook me up.

Years, we are told, but how many? The hope was that while the clients were being attended to they would feel as if they were submerged in crystal-clear water, rejuvenated and beautiful once they returned to the surface. Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

Por eso me choca y me cuesta disfrutar un libro que me recuerda mi insignificancia, pero lo hace de manera tan perfecta, que no puedo sino aplaudirlo de pie. I grow tired of things very quickly. He keeps going on about them, yet he remains so detached from the human beings dying all around him.


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It helped me shape my perspective more, towards life and my own mortality. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? He allows the imperfections of the human world to intrude upon his musings on the fish. However, eventually nobody even mentions the fish.

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Mario Bellatin: Enigma of Beauty

You might not believe me but I can almost never identify the guests. Customers who bought this item also bought. The brilliant cover image of a pair of empty, mid-century, Eames-like salon chairs has an almost invisible overlay of stylized leaping fish which can just be seen in the lower portion of the image above. One beautj the truly frightening things is the utter lack of hope from within the narrator, who has no illusions about his fate and, given that one of his rules for the Terminal mari there can be no talk of God, he does not ask moral questions of a higher power.

Only one young man elicits any sympathy from him, but only fleetingly. On his return to Mexico inhe became the director of the Department of Literature and Hum Mario Bellatin grew up in Peru as the son of Peruvian parents. Return bellaton Book Page.

Curiously—and this is what makes the novella so compelling—the narrator is more concerned with describing the tropical fish he houses in the elaborate aquariums of the maario than he is with the hospice itself or those he cares for within it.


That is, all except one. Rather than pose moralistic questions, he sets about elegantly illuminating the book’s epigraph, a quotation from the equally efficient Yasunari Kawabata: If ealon were not for the Terminal their only option would be to perish in the street. But an unnamed plague is in his city. He allows no sense of hope, discourages encouragement when symptoms temporarily subside, and bans any religious prayer bellati icons.

At one point the narrator puts an aquarium with black tetras near his bed to cheer him up but then quickly recants:.

Through both flows the mix of beauty, death, and eroticism that is at the heart of this slim work. The fish are rather pivotal to the story, reflecting all aspects of humanity in the novella. It was a good hour to do so since many of the clients preferred not to come to this neighborhood so late at night. That is all to say, this is a book that does not have much of a plot—a book that does not need much of a plot—and those for whom plot is the sine qua non should look elsewhere.

Maril Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. The narrator only accepts men note that it is not just men who are affected by this illness, but the narrator always turns away women and children and only accepts those whose death is imminent.