Author(s): Patrick Suskind
Patrick Süskind's Perfume follows the life of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, abandoned at birth in the slums of eighteenth-century Paris, but blessed with an outstanding sense of smell. This gift enables Jean-Baptiste to master the art of perfume making, but one scent evades him- that of a virgin, whom he must possess to ensure her innocence and beauty are preserved. Laced with sense and suspense, this is a beguiling tale of lust, desire and deadly obsession.
Süskind's novel is truly unique- and totally immersive. The story follows orphan Grenouille, who is gifted with the most extraordinary sense of smell, as he becomes a famous perfumer in 18th Century Paris. Süskind skillfully opens up this world of heightened senses for the reader, giving us an unforgettable experience. The book has been translated into 49 languages and has sold 20 million copies becoming one of the best selling German novels of the last century. Skip the disappointing film adaption and read this brilliant novel instead.
Nick The Book Grocer