Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, written by Patrick S�skind, is a fiction novel set in eighteenth-century France, wherein mysterious murders of virgins has everyone in shock. The story revolves around a young man named Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, who is gifted with a heightened sense of smell. Abandoned at birth in a fish market, Grenouille is raised in an orphanage, and as he grows up, he realises his acute sense of smell, even though he has no body scent of his own. With maturity, the boy begins to loathe humanity more and more and prefers to stay detached from everyone.
Grenouille then lands in Paris, where he is amazed by the myriad odours that caress his senses. It is here, that he sniffs a girl and follows her, only to startle her with his behaviour. She in turn ends up becoming his first victim, and he remains aghast as has her scent leaves her body. The boy then finds apprenticeship at a prominent perfumer�s house, who is very pleased by Grenouille�s gift and teaches him how to create and preserve perfumes. But he still wishes to capture the perfect scent, and hence, driven by his mission, Grenouille begins to stalk virgins with the hope to find what he is looking for. He finds it in a secluded garden in Grasse, in Laure, who satisfies his senses with her scent.
This magnanimous tale of twisted eroticism leaves the reader enchanted by its descriptive style. The book is most noted for its cross-genre theme and subtle depiction of sensual depravity. It portrays how the sense of smell is deeply correlated with human emotions, and can easily take control of one�s morality and identity. The book has also been adapted into a feature-length film of the same name. So order it online today and engulf your senses in this amazing tale.
Patrick S�skind is a German writer, most noted for his works such as The Pigeon, The Story of Mr. Sommer and On Love and Death. He has also worked as a screenwriter during the 1980s for Monaco Franze and Kir Royal. His novel, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer is considered as a literary gem and has topped several best-seller lists across Europe, and has also been translated in different languages. This paperback edition of the book is published by Penguin UK with an ISBN 10 number of 0141041153, and an ISBN 13 number of 9780141041155.