"Including a few details that may linger uncomfortably with the reader for a long time, this is contemporary naturalism as disturbing as it gets."--Booklist
A strange plague appears in a l...more
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
The Terminal is a former beauty salon converted into a receptacle for men withered by a mysterious plague. Women are forbidden, as are men who have not yet progressed to the disease's final stages. There is no hope in the Terminal, no thought that anything other than death will com...more
Salon de frumuseţe e un fel de povestire sau mini-roman (mă indoiesc) despre un travestit care îşi transformă salonul de frumuseţe într-un loc în care pot veni să moară cei singuri pe lume, în stadiul final al bolii. Background decontextualizat, ton egal, aloof, stil lipsit de inflorituri, direct. Interesant personaj, păcat că a terminat prea brusc textul.
Al doilea text e mai lung şi e sub forma unor însemnări scurte numerotate, ar putea fi însemnări de jurnal. Citibile, în...more
The main character is transvestite who transformed his Beauty Salon into "Terminal", place where people come to die. He describes his life prior epidemic and how they (he and his two friends) were going to cruise the streets of unnamed cities (descriptions are not to...more
"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...more
There's no character arc here, no big m...more
A nameless plague has hit the town, and the image is striking, but it is also one that doesn't really grab me. The aesthetics of death is a subjective viewpoint - and this is one book that deals in that as...more
La prosa está bien - es relativamente seca, no estilizada (a diferencia de Rulfo o Cortázar, por ejemplo). El tono es totalmente apropiado al narrador.
Realmente, "Salón de Belleza" no tiene nada de malo. Quizás tenga muchas cosas buenas - simbolismos profundos y demás - que requieran una lectura más cuidadosa que la que yo le dí.
De cualquier manera, lo disfruté tal como fue. Leería algo más de Bellatin nad...more
The story of the beauty salon and its inhabitants is told monologue-style by the sometimes transvestite who runs the place. Poetic and disturbingly interesting, I wonder what it is like in the original Spanish.
"...it's also true that the behavior of fish has no relation to that o...more
A favored bit:
"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."