The Mexican novelist and his strange prosthesis
Mario Bellatin, an experimental Mexican novelist, was recently profiled by The New York Times. The profile’s headline calls him “mischievous,”and mentions that Bellatin, who’s missing much of his right arm, often wears a prosthesis “with an attachment, chosen from his collection of more than a dozen, that gives him the appearance of Captain Hook.”
Mischievous indeed– what the article doesn’t mention is that Bellatin appeared at a Brazilian literary festival last month with a very unusual accessory: a silver dildo-shaped attachment. While wearing this provocative appendage, Bellatin held forth on his avant-garde literary ideas. Bellatin’s well-respected among literary critics. Here’s writer Francisco Goldman on Bellatin’s 1994 novel Beauty Salon, which revolves around hair stylist whose salon becomes a hospice during an apocalyptic plague: “When this disquieting novella appeared, told in a spare poetic language that seemed at once familiar and hauntingly strange, Mexican (and even Latin American) literature changed.” Bellatin’s stunt in Paraty, Brazil earned him a cartoon in Playboy Brazil (link below). An excerpt from Beauty Salon, recently translated and published by City Lights, is also available at The New York Times.