Photographsby Alice Zukofsky Translatedby Javier Arango
In Pleasures, Mario Bellatin interweaves fiction and poetry; mysticism and corporeality; death and the pristine; visceral and surreal. Through a narrative that emerges from a sea of images, the book explores a spotless world inhabited by death and dominated by liquids, where cleanliness reigns supreme. A young philosopher in search of a sacred dog; a school where children attend to die; Boris, the pedagogue, and Virginia, the teacher; a tour guide who steals from her clients; a paraplegic dog trainer devoured by his subjects… From the depths of its reality, Pleasures investigates the necessity to write, and the possibility of redeeming the world with a new form of script. With his masterful touch, Bellatin builds a literary universe that is both connected to his previous work and radically original.