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Author(s): Patrick Suskind

Location(s): Paris, The South of France (Le Midi)

Genre(s): Crime, Fiction

Era(s): Mid 1700s



Survivor, genius, perfumer, killer: this is Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. He is abandoned on the filthy streets of Paris as a child, but grows up to discover he has an extraordinary gift: a sense of smell more powerful than any other human’s. Soon, he is creating the most sublime fragrances in all the city. Yet there is one odour he cannot capture. It is exquisite, magical: the scent of a young virgin. And to get it he must kill. And kill. And kill…

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Repulsion versus fascination. That sums up this book, from which the smells of 18th Century France, the odours, the fragrances all waft off the pages, the settings meander into one’s consciousness in glorious detail....

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