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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

He lived to find beauty. He killed to possess it.

By: Claudette

By: Claudette

By: Claudette



In eighteenth century France, Jean Baptiste Grenouille, a charity orphan with an extraordinary olfactory sense is born in the fish market in Paris, on July 17, 1738 . He becomes obsessed with the idea of preserving the human scent of beautiful young girls. His misguided infatuation leads him on a murderous quest to create the perfect perfume, but at the end of it all, he realizes that nothing can supplant human companionship or suffice for love. Lonely and heartbroken, Jean Baptiste mourns the deaths of all of his victims, especially that of a shy servant girl and a beautiful young aristocrat Laura Richis.



  • Jean-Baptiste Grenouille
  • Grenouille's mother
  • Father Terrier
  • Madame Gaillard
  • Children at the Boarding House
  • Grimal
  • The Girl with the Plums
  • Giuseppe Baldini
  • Chénier
  • Pélissier
  • Taillade-Espinasse
  • Madame Arnulfi
  • Dominique Druot
  • Antoine Richis
  • Laure Richis


Black humor

Emotionally or mentally inadequate people

Hatred of humanity

Grenouille as agent of death

Children as subhuman

Theory of the sovereignty of scent

Seeing others' lives as mere snippets



Paris, France

Fish Market



Ponte Au Change

Perfume Shop

Massif Central





The Girl with the Plums

The prostitute

Lavender Picker

The Twins


19 other girls





Hot enfleurage

Cold enfleurage


Patrick Süskind

Date of Birth: March 26, 1949 inAmbachin Germany to the late Wilhelm Emanuel Süskind, a journalist and writer on language.

Patrick Süskind studied Medieval and Modern History at the University of Munich and Aix-en-Provence between 1968 and 1974.

in Munich and was a writer for television before he wrote Perfume. His second novel, The Pigeon, later adapted as a play, was first staged at the BAC Theatre in London in May 1993. His play, The Double-Bass was first staged in Munich in 1981 and has since become one of the most performed plays in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. His novella, The Story of MrSommer, was published in 1992 and like Perfume has been a huge success all over the world. Süskind resides almost anonymously in Munich. He has refused to give any interviews for over twenty years.



Directed by: Tom Tykwer

Budget: cinquante million


$132,180,323 (Worldwide)


Birgit Minichmayr: Grenouille’s mother

Ben Whishaw: Jean-Baptiste Grenouille

Sian Thomas: Madame Gaillard

Sam Douglas: Grimal

Jaume Montané: Pélissier

Karoline Herfurth: The Plum Girl

Dustin Hoffman: Baldini

Dora Romano: Baldini’s wife

Rachel Hurd-Wood: Laure Richis

Alan Rickman: Antoine Richis

Paul Berrondo: Druot

Released in Europe in 2006 and 2007 in America.




Fun Facts

Fun Facts

“When they finally did dare it, at first with stolen glances and then candid ones, they had to smile. They were uncommonly proud. For the first time they had done something out of love.” - Narrator

“Odors have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will.” – Baldini

“The cry that followed his birth, the cry with which he had brought himself to people's attention and his mother to the gallows, was not an instinctive cry for sympathy and love. That cry, emitted upon careful consideration, one might almost say upon mature consideration, was the newborn's decision against love and nevertheless for life.”- Narrator

“We are familiar with people who seek out solitude: penitents, failures, saints, or prophets.” - Narrator


Fun Facts

More than 12 million copies have been sold and translated into 46 languages.

This novel was on the bestselling list of the German weekly news magazine "Der Spiegel" for nine years.

Some editions of Perfume have as their cover image Antoine Watteau's painting Jupiter and Antiope, which depicts a murdered woman.

51 chapters total.

Patrick Süskind refuses the literary world largely is almost no interviews, does not appear in public and there are hardly any photos of him. Only three photos are found of him on the internet.



  • A film adaption, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, co-written and directed by Tom Tykwer, premiered in Germany on September 14th 2006.
  • A Russian musical adaptation of the novel, Perfumer, premiered on December 5th 2010 in Moscow.
  • The song "Scentless Apprentice", by the American band Nirvana, was inspired by Perfume. The band's lead singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain often described the novel as one of his favorite books.
  • The song "Herr Spiegelmann" from the Portuguese metal band Moonspell contains an excerpt from the book.
  • The song "Red Head Girl" by French duo Air is inspired by Perfume.
  • The song You smell so good by German band Rammsteinwas inspired by the book, which is the lead singer's favorite book.
  • Marilyn Manson credits the novel as one of the inspirations behind the title of his second album, Smells like Children.
  • The episode “Sense Memory" of the television show Criminal Minds was inspired by the novel.
  • The song "Nearly Witches (Ever Since We Met)"by American band Panic! At The Disco is inspired by Perfume.
  • In 2006, French fashion designer Thierry Mugler created a perfume coffret that held fifteen perfumes that were based on the movie Perfume. The coffret cost sept cent dollars.


Süskind, Patrick. Perfume. Trans. John E. Woods. New York: Vintage International, 1986. 1999-2011 GradeSaver LLC.