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For several months this year, Mario Bellatin, one of Mexico's best-known novelists, waged a quixotic war against Grupo Planeta, the largest publishing group in the Spanish-language world. He conducted most of his one-man campaign through his Facebook page, which has about four thousand followers, many of them writers. The Mexican corruption and impunity envelop us all. The online tirade shocked the Mexican literary world. He has published more than thirty books, many of which have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Six have appeared in English.

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The owner of the beauty salon in Beauty Salon is a gay guy who dresses in drag at work and cruises for men after hours. He raises tropical fish in aquariums placed throughout the salon for the amusement of his clients. But then a local gang called the Goat-Killer Gang begins causing havoc in the city and their wounded victims routinely become infected and infectious with a fatal disease.

The salon owner renames his business The Terminal and takes in the dying victims who have been shunned by the rest of the city. But he rigorously prohibits any medicine in The Terminal. The disease is incurable, so why falsely prolong the process of dying? I made up my mind…that if there was no other option the best thing was a quick death under the most comfortable conditions I could offer the sick person.

And slowly, the tropical fish are dying off. Bellatin always seems to be writing against the grain, a tendency that can make his brief books seem ephemeral. But Beauty Salon is a little gem of mischievousness and misdirection.

Unlike several other novellas by Bellatin that I have reviewed recently here and here , Beauty Salon does not contain photographs. And the cover design by Montreal-based Em Dash Design is fabulous.

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. Mario Bellatin. Beauty Salon. San Francisco: City Lights, You are commenting using your WordPress.

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The owner of the beauty salon in Beauty Salon is a gay guy who dresses in drag at work and cruises for men after hours. He raises tropical fish in aquariums placed throughout the salon for the amusement of his clients. But then a local gang called the Goat-Killer Gang begins causing havoc in the city and their wounded victims routinely become infected and infectious with a fatal disease. The salon owner renames his business The Terminal and takes in the dying victims who have been shunned by the rest of the city. But he rigorously prohibits any medicine in The Terminal. The disease is incurable, so why falsely prolong the process of dying?

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From the publisher: "Ever on the lookout for interesting new writing from Latin America, especially Mexico, I always pay close attention when my Spanish-speaking friends begin to talk excitedly about what they're reading. Mario Bellatin's name came up in so many conversations that I knew I had to take a look A mysterious and deadly plague suddenly appears among the inhabitants of an unnamed city. Shunned by family and friends, some of the afflicted have nowhere to finish out their days until a lone hair stylist decides to convert his "Salon to the Stars" into a refuge for the dying. A connoisseur of exotic fish whose many aquariums adorn the salon, he creates a kind of medieval hospice.

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