Patrick Süskind, Das Parfüm. Die Geschichte eines Mörders [Perfume. The Story of a Murderer]

Jeffrey T. Adams (University of North Carolina, Greensboro)
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One of the most-read German novels since Thomas Mann's




has been translated into twenty-five languages and since its publication in 1985 has sold millions of copies world-wide. The novel's remarkable and sustained popularity may be attributed to its simultaneous appeal for the mass market as well as the cultural elite. Grunge rocker Kurt Cobain based the lyrics of his song “Scentless Apprentice” on Grenouille, the novel's memorable protagonist, but academics have also given


serious attention. On the whole, popular reception was positive. While some German reviewers criticized the novel's free-ranging appropriation of canonical texts as the product of a literary parasite who feeds on previous writings, others welcomed the novel's return to traditional…

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Citation: Adams, Jeffrey T.. "Das Parfüm. Die Geschichte eines Mörders". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 November 2004 [, accessed 29 May 2024.]

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