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Das Parfum

Perfume

The Story of a Murderer
Published by Diogenes as Das Parfum
Original Title: Das Parfum. Die Geschichte eines Mörders. The Story of a Murderer

Perfume is a long-lasting international success story: Originally published in 1985 and translated into over 50 languages, the book has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. In Germany, the book spent 9 years on the Spiegel bestseller list. The movie adaptation of 2006 was one of the 15 most successful in German cinema history, with 5.6 million box office viewers in Germany alone.

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born in eighteenth-century Paris and abandoned on the streets, discovers that he has an extraordinary – almost superhuman – sense of smell, he inherited from his mother. As he sniffs his way across France, this gift is exploited by Grenouille to create 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. In order to get the ingredient he needs, he must capture it – whatever the cost.


General Fiction, Compulsory Reading
320 pages
1985

978-3-257-01678-9

World rights are handled by Diogenes

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»Süskind shows his outstanding gift for unravelling the implications behind very small oddities, and exposing the dangerous anarchy which lurks beneath everyday events.«
Sunday Times, London
»Reminiscent of Kafka in its fearsome triviality and its bleak depiction of vulnerability.«
Daily Telegraph, London
»Frightening and surprisingly moving«
Guardian, London
»A fantastic tale of murder and twisted eroticism controlled by a disgusted loathing of humanity … Clever, stylish, absorbing and well worth reading.«
Literary Review
»An ingenious and totally absorbing fantasy«
Daily Telegraph
»An astonishing ›tour de force‹ both in concept and execution.«
The Guardian, London
»A supremely accomplished work of art, marvelously crafted and enjoyable, and rich in historical detail.«
San Francisco Chronicle

»It’s an exceptionally clever book, one to be relished; virtuoso even in its details and contradictions.«

Alice Villon-Lechner / Tages-Anzeiger, Zurich

»With delicate poetry, Süskind writes of the persuasive power of scent, enrapturing the reader. He gives form to the exotic aromas.«

Michael Fischer / Der Spiegel, Hamburg

»A monster has entered German-language literature, of the kind that hasn’t been since Oskar Matzerath and his tin drum – this is a literary event.«

Stern, Hamburg

»A precious jewel of style and suspense.«

Die Welt, Berlin
»Süskind shows his outstanding gift for unravelling the implications behind very small oddities, and exposing the dangerous anarchy which lurks beneath everyday events.«
Sunday Times, London
»Reminiscent of Kafka in its fearsome triviality and its bleak depiction of vulnerability.«
Daily Telegraph, London
»Frightening and surprisingly moving«
Guardian, London
»A fantastic tale of murder and twisted eroticism controlled by a disgusted loathing of humanity … Clever, stylish, absorbing and well worth reading.«
Literary Review
»An ingenious and totally absorbing fantasy«
Daily Telegraph
»An astonishing ›tour de force‹ both in concept and execution.«
The Guardian, London
»A supremely accomplished work of art, marvelously crafted and enjoyable, and rich in historical detail.«
San Francisco Chronicle

»It’s an exceptionally clever book, one to be relished; virtuoso even in its details and contradictions.«

Alice Villon-Lechner / Tages-Anzeiger, Zurich

»With delicate poetry, Süskind writes of the persuasive power of scent, enrapturing the reader. He gives form to the exotic aromas.«

Michael Fischer / Der Spiegel, Hamburg

»A monster has entered German-language literature, of the kind that hasn’t been since Oskar Matzerath and his tin drum – this is a literary event.«

Stern, Hamburg

»A precious jewel of style and suspense.«

Die Welt, Berlin
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