Patrick Süskind is a German writer and screenwriter, best known for his novel 'Perfume: The Story of a Murderer', which has been adapted into a film and a stage play. Born on March 26, 1949, in Ambach, Germany, Süskind has led a reclusive life, avoiding public attention and interviews. His works explore themes of isolation, scent, and the human condition. In addition to 'Perfume', his other notable works include 'The Pigeon' and 'The Story of Mr Sommer'.
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Set in 18th-century France, this novel tells the story of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, a man born with an extraordinary sense of smell but no personal scent of his own. He becomes an apprentice to a prominent perfumer and learns to create the world's most intoxicating perfumes. However, his obsession with capturing the perfect scent leads him down a dark path, as he begins to kill young women to extract their scent. The book is a chilling exploration of obsession, identity, and the power of scent.
2. The Pigeon
"The Pigeon" is a psychological drama about a man whose life is turned upside down by the presence of a pigeon in front of his apartment. The man, a meticulous and orderly bank security guard, has his life thrown into chaos when he encounters the bird, which triggers an existential crisis within him. The book explores themes of fear, isolation, and the fragility of human existence, as the protagonist grapples with his sudden and irrational fear of the pigeon.