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Upon its publication last year in Germany Susskind's first novel Perfume immediately became an international best seller. Set in 18th-century France, Perfume relates the fascinating and horrifying tale of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, a person as gifted as he was abominable. Born without a smell of his own but endowed with an extraordinary sense of smell, Grenouille becomes obsessed with procuring the perfect scent that will make him fully human. With brilliant narrative skill Susskind exposes the dark underside of the society through which Grenouille moves and explores the disquieting inner universe of this singularly possessed man. The translation is superb. Essential for literature collections. Ulrike S. Rettig, German Dept., Wellesley Coll., Wellesley, Mass.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Great point of view about the power of scent and importance and emotional effect on a certain personPublished 1 day ago by Jon
my favorite novel of all time. makes me feel mortal and vulnerable to human emotions..
just like perfume.. Read more
this book inspired Kurt Cobain to write the hit single Scentless Apprentice. the ending is quite disappointing mainly because it did not give the whole story on why the antagonist... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Laura Johnson
I havn"t been able to get into it, but am trying to read it a little longer.Published 7 days ago by Pamela D.
A wonderful narrative, it feels like Guy de Maupassant and Dickens combined. The end is both gruesome and gripping.Published 12 days ago by Katie Sheffield
The wretchedness of the protagonist at virtually every life stage is an illustration of the creation of a sociopath, his retreat into the "life of the mind" and hermits... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Andrew
I couldn't read this book. I read 20% but just couldn't get into it
I found the decriptions & writing unsettling.
Not enjoyable for me