Patrick Süskind

  • « A vue de nez, un chef d'oeuvre. » Bernard Pivot « Dans la France du XVIIIe siècle, un nabot nommé Grenouille découvre le meilleur parfum du monde. De cette idée feuilletonnesque, saturée de détails et de cascades ethno-olfactives, Patrick Süskind, jeune romancier munichois, a fait Le Parfum, le nouveau best-seller européen. Patrick Mauriès, LibérationLe Monde « Un conte, philosophique sans en avoir trop l'air, qui exhale un fort parfum de talent et d'originalité. » Pierre Démeron, Marie-Claire « Tout le monde a déjà envie de lire ce parfum étrange qui restera unique dans la littérature d'aujourd'hui. » Sylvie Genevoix, Madame Figaro

  • " Lorsque lui arriva cette histoire de pigeon qui, du jour au lendemain, bouleversa son existence, Jonathan Noël avait déjà dépassé la cinquantaine, il avait derrière lui une période d'une bonne vingtaine d'années qui n'avait pas été marquée par le moindre événement, et jamais il n'aurait escompté que pût encore lui arriver rien de notable, sauf de mourir un jour. Et cela lui convenait tout à fait. Car il n'aimait pas les événements, et il avait une véritable horreur de ceux qui ébranlaient son équilibre intérieur et chamboulaient l'ordonnance de sa vie. "Qu'est-ce qu'un événement?Que se passe-t-il, en somme, quand il se passe quelque chose dans la vie d'un homme?Tel est au fond le sujet, étonnamment simple et profond, de ce nouveau conte philosophique et cocasse de l'auteur du Parfum.Patrick Süskind est né en 1949 à Ambach, en Bavière. Il a fait des études littéraires à Munich et à Aix-en-Provence et exerce le métier de scénariste. Outre le Parfum, best-seller mondial, il a écrit une pièce de théâtre à un personnage, la Contrebasse.

  • The Pigeon by Patrick Süskind is dark and haunting tale from the author of the bestselling Perfume - now available in ebook for the first time
    Set in Paris and attracting comparisons with Franz Kafka and Edgar Allan Poe, The Pigeon tells the story of a day in the meticulously ordered life of bank security guard Jonathan Noel. Noel who has been hiding from life since his wife left him for her Tunisian lover - when he opens his front door on a day he believes will be just like any other, he encounters not the desired empty hallway but an unwelcome, diabolical intruder . . .
    This tense, disturbing follow-up to the bestselling Perfume is a modern classic novella from the much-acclaimed Patrick Süskind

  • Patrick Süskind's Perfume is a classic novel of death and sensuality in Paris - now available for the first time in ebook
    In eighteenth-century France there lived a man who was one of the most gifted and abominable personages in an era that knew no lack of gifted and abominable personages. His name was Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, and if his name has been forgotten today, it is certainly not because Grenouille fell short of those more famous blackguards when it came to arrogance, misanthropy, immorality, or, more succinctly, wickedness, but because his gifts and his sole ambition were restricted to a domain that leaves no traces in history: to the fleeting realm of scent . . .'An astonishing tour de force both in concept and execution' Guardian
    'A fantastic tale of murder and twisted eroticism controlled by a disgusted loathing of humanity ... Clever, stylish, absorbing and well worth reading' Literary Review
    'A meditation on the nature of death, desire and decay ... a remarkable début' Peter Ackroyd, The New York Times Book Review
    'Unlike anything else one has read. A phenomenon ... Everyone seems to want to get a whiff of this strange perfume, which will remain unique in contemporary literature' Figaro
    'An ingenious and totally absorbing fantasy' Daily Telegraph
    'Witty, stylish and ferociously absorbing' Observer

  • 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 frest-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 brillance, Perfume is a hauntingly powerful tale of murder and sensual depravity.Translated from the German by John E. Woods.

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