Perfume: the Story of a Murderer

Author(s): Patrick Suskind

Literary Fiction

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born in eighteenth-century Paris and abandoned on the street, discovers he has an extraordinary - almost superhuman sense of smell.
As he sniffs his way across France, this gift is exploited by Grenouille to make the world's most marvellous perfumes. Yet in seeking perfection in his experiments, he realises that a vital ingredient is missing for the perfect scent: innocence. And in order to get the ingredient he needs, he must capture it- whatever the price.

'Born in sweaty, fetid eighteenth-century Paris, Genouille is distinctive even in infancy. He has "the finest nose in Paris and no personal odour". With wit, a Gothic imagination and considerable originality, Suskind has developed this simple idea into a fantastic tale of murder and twisted eroticism controlled by a disgusted loathing of humanity . . . Clever, stylish, absorbing and well worth reading'
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Product Information


General Fields

  • : 9780141031378
  • : Penguin Books
  • : Penguin Books
  • : March 2007
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Patrick Suskind
  • : Paperback
  • : very good
  • : 263