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  • Published: 15 April 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241420294
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $19.99

Perfume

The Story of a Murderer




The acclaimed bestseller and international sensation.

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is abandoned on the filthy streets of eighteenth-century Paris as a baby, but grows up to discover he has an extraordinary gift: a sense of smell more powerful than any other human's. Gradually he learns how to exploit this gift in the art of creating the most sublime perfumes in France. Yet there is one scent he cannot capture: the scent of an innocent young virgin. In order to perfect his experiments, he must have this final ingredient, at any cost. A cult international bestseller, Perfume is a bewitching, darkly humorous fable of desire, obsession and death.

  • Published: 15 April 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241420294
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Patrick Suskind

Patrick Suskind was born in 1949. He studied history in Munich and was a writer for television before he wrote Perfume. His second novel, The Pidgeon, later adapted as a play, was first staged at teh BAC Theater in London in May 1993. His play The Double Bass was first staged in Munich in 1981 and has since become one of the most performed plays in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. It has also been performed at the Edinburgh Festival and at the Royal National Theatre in London. His novella The Story of Mr Sommer (1992) has, like Perfume, been a huge success all over the world, and his Three Stories and a Reflection was published in 1996. Patrick Suskind lives in Munich.

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Praise for Perfume

Witty, stylish and ferociously absorbing

Observer

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