Perfume
Perfume
The Story of a Murderer
Patrick Suskind



An acclaimed bestseller and international sensation, Patrick Suskind's classic novel provokes a terrifying examination of what happens when one man's indulgence in his greatest passion-his sense of smell-leads to murder.

In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift-an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odors of Paris, and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs. But Grenouille's genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects such as brass doorknobs and frest-cut wood. Then one day he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the "ultimate perfume"-the scent of a beautiful young virgin. Told with dazzling narrative brillance, Perfume is a hauntingly powerful tale of murder and sensual depravity.

Translated by John E. Woods

"A fable of crimial genius.... Remarkable." –The New York Times

"Superb storytelling all the way...the climax is a savage shocker." – The Plain Dealer

"An astonishing performance, a masterwork of artistic conception and execution. A totally gripping page-turner." – The San Francisco Chronicle

Title Perfume
Subtitle The Story of a Murderer
Author Patrick Suskind
Publisher Vintage
Title First Published 13 February 2001
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 272 p.
ISBN-10 0375725849
ISBN-13 9780375725845
Publication Date 13 February 2001
Main content page count 272
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $15.00
 


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