From his novel My Friends. The book is the self-pitying, self-mythologizing monologue of a poor, lonely, vain, insecure ex-soldier. It is written simply, with short declarative sentences that pile onto one another and occaisionally jut strangely from the narration, as below:
[Our hero Baton is describing a neighbor]: “He has two daughters and he beats them-just with his hand-for their own good. They have sinews at the back of their knees. Their hats are held on by elastic.”
The bulk of the story is devoid of these sorts of non-sequiturs, so when they pop up they’re quite noticeable. The protag is a relentless non-generalizer, and when he does make a broad statement is is often painfully insincere.
[From a section in which Baton, in an effort to draw attention to himself, loiters around the riverbank hoping to convince passerby that he's suicidal]: “I like the words ‘hope’ and ‘future’ in the silence of my head, but as soon as I speak them it seems to me that they lose their meaning.”
Bove came to my attention as a monologist in the line of Bernhard and Dostoevsky. So far (this is my first book of his), he reads more like Walser or Kafka.