Patrick Süskind


Born
in Ambach, Bavaria, Germany
March 26, 1949

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From 1968-1974 he studied medieval and modern history in Munich and Aix-en-Provence. In the '80s he worked as a screenwriter, for Kir Royal and Monaco Franze among others.

After spending the 1970s writing what he has characterized as “short unpublished prose pieces and longer un-produced screenplays”, Patrick Süskind was catapulted to fame in the 1980s by the monodrama Der Kontrabass (The Double Bass, 1981),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.
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“He succeeded in being considered totally uninteresting. People left him alone. And that was all he wanted.”
Patrick Suskind, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

“...talent means nothing, while experience, acquired in humility and with hard work, means everything.”
Patrick Süskind, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

“Odors have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will. The persuasive power of an odor cannot be fended off, it enters into us like breath into our lungs, it fills us up, imbues us totally. There is no remedy for it.”
Patrick Süskind, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Polls

August 2015 New School Classic Poll

 
  22 votes, 16.9%

1931, Light in August by William Faulkner, 507 pages
 
  21 votes, 16.2%

 
  18 votes, 13.8%

1982, Schindler'sList by Thomas Keneally, 429 pages
 
  17 votes, 13.1%

1931, The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, 418 pages
 
  11 votes, 8.5%

1996, Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, 432 pages
 
  10 votes, 7.7%

1905, The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, 351 pages
 
  10 votes, 7.7%

1950, A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute, 359 pages
 
  9 votes, 6.9%

1956, Peyton Place by Grace Metalious, 384 pages
 
  8 votes, 6.2%

1989, Geek Love by Katherine Dunn, 348 pages
 
  4 votes, 3.1%

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