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Beauty salon

Author: Mario Bellatin
Publisher: San Francisco : City Lights Books, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"An extremely slender, sad tale by Bellatin recounts a gay man's reflections on the waning days of sexual excess and the specter of death wrought by AIDS, though here AIDS is a mysterious, nameless plague. Formerly a stylist in a beauty salon in an unnamed city, the narrator, a transvestite, has now transformed the salon into the Terminal, 'where people who have nowhere to die end their days.' The Terminal has  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Allegories
Gay fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mario Bellatin
ISBN: 9780872864733 0872864731
OCLC Number: 253837811
Notes: Translated from the Spanish.
Awards: American Library Association Stonewall Book Awards Honor Book, 2010.
Description: 63 p. ; 18 cm.
Other Titles: Salon de belleza.
Responsibility: Mario Bellatín ; translated from the Spanish by Kurt Hollander.
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Biting social allegory from one of Mexico's most exciting young authors, edgy, lyrical, cynically hopeful.  Read more...

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