Born in sweaty, fetid 18th-century Paris, Grenouille is distinctive even in infancy. He has a sense of smell more powerful than any other human’s and no personal odour. Süskind develops this idea into a tale of murder controlled by a loathing of humanity.
Survivor, genius, perfumer, killer: this is Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. He is abandoned on the filthy streets of Paris as a child, but grows up to discover he has an extraordinary gift: a sense of smell more powerful than any other human’s. Soon, he is creating the most sublime fragrances in all the city. Yet there is one odour he cannot capture. It is exquisite, magical: the scent of a young virgin. And to get it he must kill. And kill. And kill.