Salón de Belleza en Cine Vivo (Beauty Salon in Live Cinema)
Cultural Studies and Language Series - Spring 2022
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | Writers and artists have a constant drive to subvert the conventional path of representation, and Mario Bellatin, through his literary pieces and multidisciplinary artistic journeys, has taken this call, of reconfiguring space and time, to even stranger fictional interstices. For this event, he will give a public reading. The chosen text revolves around his fourth novel Beauty Salon (Salón de belleza), published in 1994, whose most recent translation into English came out last year. Although this book stays away from any attempt of categorization, it is important to highlight that it touches on those liminal spaces between beauty and death, and it is set in an environment of a confinement and a pandemic. More broadly, his works explore the porosity between reality and fiction, the imaginary or nonexistent memory, and are full of fragmentary, bizarre, unsteady, and vanishing atmospheres. The reading will be in Spanish, but a QR code will be provided so that the audience can download the English version of it.
Born in Mexico, Mario Bellatin studied theology and film. He has over 60 books published that have been translated into 22 languages. He is the winner of the José Donoso Ibero-American Literature Prize, the Premio Xavier Villaurrutia, the Premio Nacional de Literatura Mazatlán, the Barbara Gittings Literature Award, the Antonin Artaud Award, and this year, the José María Arguedas Prize.
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