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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Vintage Books
Publication date February 1, 2001
Pages 255
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780375725845
ISBN-10 0375725849
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Original list price $15.00
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
An odorless baby found orphaned in a Paris gutter in 1738 grows to become a monster obsessed with his perfect sense of smell and a desire to capture, by any means, the ultimate scent that will make him human. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description:

An acclaimed bestseller and international sensation, Patrick Suskind’s classic novel provokes a terrifying examination of what happens when one man’s indulgence in his greatest passion—his sense of smell—leads to murder.

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.



Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780394550848
 
from Alfred a Knopf Inc (October 1, 1986)
9780394550848 | details & prices | 6.00 × 8.75 × 1.00 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $26.00
About: An odorless baby orphaned in a Paris gutter in 1738 grows to become a monster obsessed with his perfect sense of smell, and a desire to capture, by any means, the ultimate scent which will make him human
Paperback
Book cover for 9780375725845
 
With John E. Woods (other contributor) | from Vintage Books (November 7, 2006)
9780307277763 | details & prices | 255 pages | 5.50 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $13.95
About: Follows an odorless baby found orphaned in Paris in 1738 as he grows into a monster obsessed with his perfect sense of smell and a desire to capture, by any means, the ultimate scent that will make him human.
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With John E. Woods | Reprint edition from Vintage Books (February 1, 2001)
9780375725845 | details & prices | 255 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $15.00
About: Follows an odorless baby found orphaned in Paris in 1738 as he grows into a monster obsessed with his perfect sense of smell and a desire to capture, by any means, the ultimate scent that will make him human.
Reissue edition from Washington Square Pr (June 1, 1995)
9780671749606 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $14.00
Reissue edition from Pocket Books (August 1, 1987)
9780671725952 | details & prices | List price $4.95
About: An odorless baby orphaned in a Paris gutter in 1738 grows to become a monster obsessed with his perfect sense of smell, and a desire to capture, by any means, the ultimate scent which will make him human
Cassette/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9780140862911
 
With Sean Barrett (other contributor) | from Penguin/Highbridge (May 1, 1997)
9780140862911 | details & prices | 4.50 × 5.75 × 2.00 in. | 0.90 lbs | List price $29.95
About: Survivor, genius, perfumer, killer: this is Jean-Baptiste Grenouille.

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