Perfume

Perfume : The Story of a Murderer

By (author) Patrick Süskind

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Survivor, genius, perfumer, killer: this is Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. He is abandoned on the filthy streets of Paris as a child, but grows up to discover he has an extraordinary gift: a sense of smell more powerful than any other human's. Soon, he is creating the most sublime fragrances in all the city. Yet, there is one odour he cannot capture. It is exquisite, magical: the scent of a young virgin. And, to get it, he must kill. And kill. And kill...

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 20mm | 199.58g
  • 30 Nov 2006
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • Media tie-in
  • Film tie-in edition
  • 0141029048
  • 9780141029047
  • 285,666

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Patrick Suskind was born near Munich, in 1949. He studied medieval and modern history at the University of Munich. His first play, The Double Bass, was written in 1980 and became an international success. His first novel, Perfume became an internationally acclaimed bestseller. He is also the author of The Pigeon and Mr. Summer's Story, and a coauthor of the enormously successful German television series Kir Royal. Patrick Suskind lives and writes in Munich.

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Dark Literature at it's finest

"Right from the off Perfume is clearly not a book for everyone. Perfume is an adult fairytale of talent gone too far - yet the book did not seem to go far enough! I made the grave error of reading this the day before an exam, I simply couldn't put it down. Suskinds' narrative is enrapturing, his language is simply glorious and his idea deliciously original and wicked. His ability to delve into the mind of a man plagued by his own talents is completely unique. Fans macabre literature will simply revel in this delightful tale of a misunderstood genius. "show more
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