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Friday, April 21, 2017

Pigeon (1987) by Patrick Suskind

Book Review
Pigeon (1987)
 by Patrick Suskind

   Pigeon is a little existential novella  about a lonely Parisian security guard.  He's been living in the same tiny walk-up flat for the better part of four decades when his routine is a pigeon, incongruously located in the hallway outside.    Like his other 1001 Books entry, Perfume, there is ample evidence of Suskind's skill as a prose stylist, even in translation.  Unlike Perfume, Pigeon is not story dwelling.  The obsessive protagonist resembles various narrators in the novels of Thomas Bernhard, minus the self-conscious intellectualism.

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