Patrick Süskind

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  • Jeffrey T. Adams (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)

After spending the 1970s writing what he has characterized as “short unpublished prose pieces and longer un-produced screenplays”, Patrick Süskind was catapulted to fame in the 1980s by the monodrama Der Kontrabass [The Double Bass, 1981], which became an instant success and a favourite of the German stage. In 1985 his status as literary wunderkind was confirmed with the publication of the novel Das Parfüm. Die Geschichte eines Mörders [Perfume. The Story of a Murderer], which quickly topped the European best-seller list and eventually sold millions of copies worldwide. Collaborations with Helmut Dietl on scripts for the popular TV series Monaco Franze (1983) and Kir Royal (1986) f…

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Adams, Jeffrey T.. "Patrick Süskind". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 November 2004
[, accessed 26 September 2016.]

Articles on Süskind's works

  1. Das Parfüm. Die Geschichte eines Mörders [Perfume. The Story of a Murderer]
  2. Der Kontrabass [The Double Bass]
  3. Die Geschichte von Herrn Sommer [The Story of Mr Sommer]
  4. Die Taube