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Salone di bellezza

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  857 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
Un male incurabile e sconosciuto decima lentamente gli abitanti di una grande città. Rifiutati da amici e parenti, alcuni di questi malati non hanno un posto dove morire fino a quando un eccentrico parrucchiere decide di trasformare il suo famoso salone di bellezza in un rifugio per moribondi. In breve tempo il posto si trasforma in un lazzaretto medievale e i pesci tropic ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published 2011 by La Nuova Frontiera (first published March 1999)
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Jul 02, 2013 s.penkevich rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to s.penkevich by: Mike Puma
The best thing was a quick death under the most comfortable circumstances

Everyone suffers and everyone must eventually die, the rich and poor alike. Yet, it is the poor, the discarded, those on the fringes of society—be it by choice or cast off for being deemed as an illness to society—that must suffer and die in pitiful conditions and solitude, often forgotten by those around them or ignored by the multitude of marching feet that pound the pavement just away beyond where they lie dying in a g
Mike Puma
Apr 08, 2013 Mike Puma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Briefly: 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. The operator’s attempt to make his parlor more beautiful, more interesting by incorporating numerous aquariums full of colorful fish, foreshadows the inevitable in a tale t

the mexican experimental novelist mario bellatin is missing an arm and wears a different array of prosthetics. check it:

as if 'mexican experimental novelist' wasn't enough, we get the neon-green chair, the bald somber mug, the if-captain-hook-was-flamboyantly-gay prosthetic, the black smock... UGH!!!

and this anecdote: bellatin once stood before an audience for a Q & A and when asked for his favorite writer he invented one on the spot: the japanese novelist Shiki Nagaoki. the audience proceed
Dec 18, 2013 Rafa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Todo un descubrimiento. Tengo que leer más de este autor.
Iván Sierra
Feb 27, 2013 Iván Sierra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cuánto ha logrado conmoverme este hermosísimo —aunque exento de florituras— texto de Bellatin, sobre todo en lo referente a la piedad desprovista de poses de santidad que profesa el narrador a los enfermos terminales: “Debo ser fiel a las razones originales que tuvo este Moridero. No a la manera de las Hermanas de la Caridad, que apenas se enteraron de nuestra existencia quisieron asistirnos con trabajo y oraciones piadosas. Aquí nadie está cumpliendo ningún tipo de sacerdocio. La labor que se h ...more
Jim Coughenour
This tiny book, smaller even than the novels of Cesar Aira, takes 2 or 3 mad ideas and tosses them together: a transvestite who ran a beauty salon turns it into the Terminal – perhaps the saddest hospice ever – for young men dying of an incurable disease, and intermittently fusses over pet fish who are as unlucky as the patients. (Obviously the Terminal is another poisoned aquarium.) The book has the logic of a fever dream, flipping between fish and men and sex and solitude.
It's strange to see h
E. Chainey (Bookowski)
Kısaca yorum yapayım mı okumayı düşünenler için?
Bellatin'in Güzellik Salonu adlı bu novellasinda AIDS hastalığına yakalanmış eşcinsel erkeklerin ve travestilerin son dönemlerini geçirdikleri eskiden güzellik salonu olarak bir travesti tarafından işletilen sonrasında ise Ölüm Evine dönüşmüş bir salonda geçiyor olay. Baş kahraman ve anlatıci bir travesti. Saç kesimi ve salona aldığı türlü akvaryum ve balıklar ile iş yerinin sesini duyurmayi başarmış bir "öteki". Herşey bir anda olup bitiyor gibi
Joac Castro
May 04, 2015 Joac Castro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cuando veo las delicatessen y otro tipo de comidas finas por la televisión y más aún, cuando las pruebo, puedo diferenciar lo que me gusta de lo que es francamente, una obra de arte. Mi gusto, criado entre comidas y arte alejados del refinamiento, disfruta de cosas simples, directas, sabrosas y contundentes. 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.
Y debe ser porque todavía no estoy capacitado para ve
Nov 16, 2015 Caio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Curious that the text should be published in continuous paragraphs, since Bellatin's narratives are so clearly paratactic. There should be generous page breaks, each paragraph a discrete block; it feels like a very different book, and much less interesting, if you don't give it this space to breathe.
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers
"In the Terminal, like the flashy fish that inhabit the aquariums, and the terminally ill that die around them, everything floats. There are no turns of the heart, or sudden twists. We drift through the inevitable. If poetry is making nothing happen, as Auden once said, than this novel shows that prose can as well." —Jesse Tangen-Mills, Bookslut

"Despite its brevity, Beauty Salon stands to linger in the aquariums of our memories, at times, like the monstrous axolotls, revealing the ugliness of th
Beauty Salon is a 63-page novella by the Mexican experimental novelist Mario Bellatin, a deeply unsettling account of a man watching others die in the midst of a unknown illness affecting a city, vision clouded by the murky waters of aquariums and self-isolation.

Rather than have a plot or any story arc, the novella simply exists as a snapshot of an existence: the narrator vaguely recounts (for it feels like there's hardly ever any direct statements of action where one thing leads to another, onl
Sep 19, 2010 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My book club read this spare and depressing novella and I have to say it's one of the more useless books I've ever read. At only 60 pages, I don't resent the time I spent reading it. But I just don't think it was fit well in any particulwr genre. Its not dystopian, like "Blindness" or "The Handmaid's Tale." And it's not allegorical, or, if it was even supposed to be an allegory, it was done well. Life as a fish tank? The beauty salon as heaven? As hell? The narrator as savior? As a devil? "Beaut ...more
Mar 22, 2013 Will rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short, haunting, powerfully moving, beautifully written novella about an unnamed narrator/savior who turns his former beauty salon (where all the hairdressers were cross-dressing males beautifying primarily women) into a sort of hospice clinic for men dying of an unnamed plague (that looks and sounds a lot like AIDS), and he accepts only those men who are at the end of their lives with nowhere else to turn and no hope for recovery, and the beauty salon turns into a hospice where these dying me ...more
Jordi Via
Aunque por momentos parece que estamos ante una distopía, se trata de una narración dedicada a las diferentes maneras de vivir o sentir la soledad, de sentirse solo ante la adversidad, ante la enfermedad, la muerte.
Erin Tuzuner
"Respect the loneliness to come." What a superb little lunchtime novella to get you properly dystopian.
Mar 16, 2016 Doug rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An unusual short novella (more like a long short story), this strange parable can be read in under an hour, but has a rather disquieting effect. Not quite sure what to make of it, but was worth reading.
Stefany Farias
Apr 25, 2015 Stefany Farias rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un relato rápido y profundo, vale cada una de sus letras, cada reflexión sobre la muerte, y esas -varias- perspectivas de la belleza.
Well ok. Just ok. Lots of hype around this one; in the end, not much here after all. Not a bad book, not a great book. At 63 pages not much of an investment either way. Somehow quite disturbing despite its hazy quality; the narrator's lack of affect suggests deep trauma outside the lines of the story (I guess six years of `making money' might do that), and the interest (s)he takes in watching everything around pass through its final stages is sad, quiet and unrecognized in the way evil often is. ...more
Sep 13, 2016 Jacob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beauty Salon is short, looking more like a manual you'd get with a new TV purchase than an actual novel. Its slim 63 pages run without chapter breaks, just paragraph begetting paragraph, and sometimes not even that. Within those 63 pages is the narrative of a man, his reflections on running a beauty salon, crossdressing, fish breeding, falling in love, and servitude. It's a quick read--I read it in one night while at work, but that swiftness still allows an elegance to his ruminations.

An unnamed
Nov 04, 2009 Cherie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
C+ Interesting plot; a man turns his beauty salon into a hospice for AIDS patients; the focus often turns back to his fish, which, while he gets it initially for the entertainment of himself in between clients at his hair salon (which, before it was a hospice, only served men), he enjoys killing. The writing is more than the plot.
Gessy Alvarez
Nov 29, 2009 Gessy Alvarez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this on All Saints Day because it seemed like a fitting way to mark the occasion. The writing is sharp and unflinching. The first-person narrator is the voice of disillusionment and despair yet you never feel sorry for him. A beautiful fable about life and death...
Evita Galindo-Doucette
Reminded me a lot of Cortazar's story about the axolotl. Some kind of strange symbiosis between the main character and the fish. It did not earn 5 stars because it was not an uplifting book. The main character was at times very unlikeable which was disturbing.
Dec 23, 2009 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I was reading this, I kept thinking that it would be fabulous if staged as a one-man show, as it's an extended monologue. Seriously, this needs to happen; I'd love to see it.
Dec 05, 2014 Cosimo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Una buena historia pero no llenó mis expectativas.Pierde ritmo sin otros protagonistas,el asunto de los peces aburre y el final autocompasivo no me agradó mucho.Pudo ser mejor.
José Sifogrante
Aplastante y exquisito. La primera novela que leo de Mario Bellatin y ya puedo contarle entre los narradores más contundentes de su generación. La brevedad de esta novela contrasta con una idea de proporciones épicas. El autor nos cuenta la historia de un peluquero sin nombre que convierte su salón de belleza en un Moridero, lugar al que van a morir las personas, víctimas de una peste que azota una ciudad y que se vieron rechazados por sus seres queridos quedándose sin un lugar para morir. Al mi ...more
Oli Yerovi
Apr 05, 2016 Oli Yerovi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Qué grato descubrir a Mario Bellatín. Lo tenía dentro de mi larga lista de pendientes. Salón de belleza es sin duda una obra singular. Un tema duro como la enfermedad terminal, unido a la desesperanza, el olvido y la miseria; un escenario surrealista, un salón de belleza convertido en moridero con los peces cómplices; y sin embargo esta pequeña novela y su protagonista junto a los hechos y el lenguaje me han inspirado ternura. Tremendo. En la edición que leí se incluye también otra pequeña novel ...more
Yolanda Cortez
Apr 27, 2015 Yolanda Cortez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novela-corta
Novela corta, pero intensa e interesante. Su narrativa es envidiable. La dudalidad entre la vida, lo que representa el salón de belleza contra el nuevo giro que toma el salón, lo teje magistralmente.

Mientra cuenta el protragonita su fascinación por los peces, cuenta también su historia; aunque el personaje al principio, no lo comprendes conforme avanza la historia te contesta los por qués y tal vez después de todo empatizas, lo comprendes o incluso te idientifiques, porque todos lo seres humano
Fatih Ztrk
Dec 01, 2015 Fatih Ztrk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Her türlü insanlık dışı davranış, zamanla insana dönüşür'
Jaci Millette
Beauty Salon offers more of a glimpse or a snapshot of disparity and humanity rather than offering a traditional narrative arc— and despite the lack of plot and action, the details resonate and sit with you after reading. The synopsis is simple, yet dismal: a disease sweeps the streets of a city and a man turns his beauty salon into a hospice-like home for men on the very cusp of death. The proper nouns in this novella are sparse— the narrator, the town, the year, the disease (which one may infe ...more
Dec 27, 2014 Ema rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
”Salon de frumuseţe” este, din punctul meu de vedere, piesa de rezistență a volumului; destul de scurtă, dar cu o idee interesantă în spate, o recomand pentru originalitate și atmosferă. ”Lecţii pentru un iepure mort” face parte din categoria weird stuff, metaficțiune sau chestii experimentale, însă merită citită, dacă nu vă sperie perspectiva unei structuri mai încâlcite. Cele două mini-romane sunt legate prin mărturisirile făcute la finalul Lecțiilor, din care aflăm mai multe despre sursa de i ...more
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Mario Bellatin grew up in Peru as the son of Peruvian parents. He spent two years studying theology at the seminary Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo and graduated from the University of Lima. In 1987, Bellatin moved to Cuba, where he studied screenplay writing at the International Film School Latinoamericana. On his return to Mexico in 1995, he became the director of the Department of Literature and Hum ...more
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“Lo que sí no es ningún tipo de diversión es la cantidad cada vez mayor de personas que han venido a morir al salón de belleza. Ya no son solamente amigos en cuyos cuerpos el mal está avanzado, sino que la mayoría son extraños que no tiene dónde irse a morir.” 2 likes
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