Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
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Title: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (1985)
Author: Patrick Süskind
Patrick Süskind (b. 1949) is an author and screenwriter from Germany. He has written screenplays for several German television series, as well as several novellas. He is, however, best known, for his novel Perfume: The Story of a Murderer which has been translated into 48 languages and made into a movie in 2006.
The postmodernist novel Perfume: The Story of a Murderer presents the unconventional life of the ingenious perfume maker Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. The story covers the entire course of the main character’s life, from his birth in 1738 to his death in 1767.
Grenouille does not appear as a sympathetic or likable character. Nevertheless, his life fascinates the reader. His actions arouse curiosity and raise questions, some of which the reader might find hard to understand.
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