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 upset...by 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.