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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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. There’s a problem loading this menu at the moment. They are provided with a basic refuge as they enter the final stages of the disease. If we are the fish, then we’re really simply floating through life, subject to the whims of a greater force outside the tank However, the space-time of allegory bellezaa by Walter Benjamin, Idelbar Avelar and others undermines the apparent ideological closure of allegory understood narrowly as spatialized representation.

Trivia About Beauty Salon. As that observation might suggest, I would hazard to say that Beauty Salon might be the most depressing work that I’ve ever read through. Aug 29, Evita Galindo-Doucette rated it really liked it. The narrator is at home with the underbelly of society, with the dregs and the outcasts, and feels he bellleza offer aid where nobody else will. 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 ability to provoke deep thought Seriously, after reading that, how can you not want to see what else comes from this man’s imagination?

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When he puts the fish on the nightstand of a salob young man, they give him comfort, like the comfort the dying find being able to spend their last days in the company of their peers. Amazon Business Service for business customers. Descriptions of the “hospice” alternate with descriptions of the life led by the narrator and his colleagues, while there are many passages detailing his efforts to keep fishes in the salon aquariums.

He allows the imperfections of the human world to intrude upon his musings on the fish.


As the salon begins to fill with the ee of the dying, the fish become his last grip on the old world, being an extension of his attempts to adorn himself in beauty and life. Bellatin crafts some of the most haunting imagery and even now, weeks later, I still recall scenes with a shudder.

I haven’t quite figured out why I wasn’t too fond of this book yet.

Read this for class and it was an interesting read, but overall I didn’t enjoy as a pleasure read. This obsession is a significant part of the structure of the novel: Cited 5 Source Add To Collection.

The sinks and reclining chairs of the salon are replaced by camp beds as the place is converted into a hospice. And it is this allowance, though only half-articulated, that seems to give him the integrity and steadfastness to care for the dying in their imperfection. A Nose for Fiction. Like what you read? It might not be pretty, but I’d still be interested in reading more of Bellatin’s work in the future, pretty or no.

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: On his return to Mexico inhe became the director of the Department of Literature and Humanities at the University of the Cloister of Sor Juana and became a member of the National System of Creators of Mexico from to In the case of Salon de bellezathe acts that can constitute space are ultimately limited to one sole act, to dying.

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Other Papers By First Author. The fish are rather pivotal to the story, reflecting all aspects of humanity in the novella.

Apr 03, Mike Puma rated it really liked it Shelves: Nothing is ever named, not the narrator, those awaiting the end in The Terminal, or even the plague, which only intensifies the essence of being an outcast, denied even a name in the eyes of the ideals of society. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Nothing much happened during the first half hour.

It doesn’t necessarily make him hard, but it makes him seem appear callous, even if that, too, isn’t quite right. Lucy Bollington University of Cambridge. The Badlands of Modernity: This focus on production underlines the social and political nature of space. The narrator prepares his guests for death, and finally he too finds the developing signs and symptoms of the disease.


Susana rated it did not like it Oct 21, As recent work by cultural geographers suggests, space is a condensation of the acts that comprise it. Like his patients, who have been shunned and cast aside, he too is an outsider.

What we do hear much about is the rareness and uniqueness of the fish; the narrator is fascinated by the dynamics within the tank, especially those between sick and healthy fish. Write a customer review.

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Caring for men in their dying hours and yet not caring to know them as individuals. Pero de la misma forma, cuando tengo una obra que merece las cinco estrellas, se las entrego, aunque no sea de mi total y absoluto gusto. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community bellza serves.

Including a few details that may linger uncomfortably with the reader for a long time, this is contemporary naturalism as disturbing as it gets. Aug 31, Alana rated it really liked it Shelves: Help WWB bring you the best new writing from around the world. Open Preview See a Problem?

Beleza rated it did not like it Jun 10, Reaching out for physical encounters with other men, yet never seeking a relationship.

Xe Bellatin grew up in Peru as bellwtin son of Peruvian parents. Be the first to review this item Amazon Bestsellers Rank: The seedy encounters between men, often at bathhouses or on streetcorners, and bfllatin very few flashes of real intimacy shared by the narrator with another only magnify the feeling that this is an isolated man, alone in the world by his own choice and yet he still reaches out to human kind as he takes in the ill and dying, even if he attempts to stay completely detached from individuals.