Beauty Salon

Beauty Salon
Translated by Kurt Hollander


Mario Bellatin

Mario Bellatín was born in Mexico City in 1960 and studied film in Cuba. From there he moved to Peru where his literary work was introduced and began to gain fame, and various of his works were brought to the screen. After returning to Mexico, he received high praise in his own country as well, homages to his talent as a singular and risk-taking storyteller. He is the author of the short novels Mujeres de Sal, Canon Perpetuo, Efecto Invernadero, Damas Chinas, and Poeta Ciego. Salon de Belleza (Beauty Shop) was released in 1999 and received huge praise and wide recognition. In 2009, City Lights published the first English translation of Beauty Salon to major acclaim, helping to establish broad recognition of his writing in the U.S.: "Beauty Salon is pithy, allegorical and profoundly disturbing, with a plot that evokes The Plague by Camus or Blindness by José Saramago." — New York Times