Perfume The Story of a Murderer

ISBN-10: 0375725849

ISBN-13: 9780375725845

Edition: 1986 (Reprint)

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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
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 1986
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/13/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Patrick Suskind was born in Germany in 1949. Kurt Cobain, singer and songwriter for Nirvana, was a fan of Suskind's work and based a song on Perfume, a novel that had already developed a cult following in Europe and America.

John E. Woods won both the 1981 American Book Award and PEN award for his translation of Schmidt's Evening Edged in Gold and has published a new translation of Thomas Mann's Buddenbrooks.

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