Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (Vintage International) (Paperback)
***Books listed on this website are available as new books. For information about used, sale, and other in-store items please call or email us.***
Perfume is a visceral telling of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, a horrible man who
nonetheless experiences such profound beauty in the world.
This book is delicious, in the most disturbing sense, of lust and desire, scent and the
need to possess it.
I was gifted this book years ago and have since given it away more times than I can
count. Süskind’s writing is a pair of rose colored glasses, inviting the reader to
experience the world in an uncannily familiar yet utterly new way.
In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift—an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odors of Paris, and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs. But Grenouille’s genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects such as brass doorknobs and fresh-cut wood. Then one day he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the “ultimate perfume”—the scent of a beautiful young virgin. Told with dazzling narrative brilliance, Perfume is a hauntingly powerful tale of murder and sensual depravity.
Translated from the German by John E. Woods.