Patrick Süskind

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After spending the 1970s writing what he has characterized as “short unpublished prose pieces and longer un-produced screenplays”, Patrick Süskind was catapulted to fame in the 1980s by the monodrama Der Kontrabass [The Double Bass, 1981:],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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The Pigeon

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The Story of Mr Sommer

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3.86 avg rating — 3,210 ratings — published 1991 — 57 editions
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El contrabajo

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On Love and Death

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De duif, en De erfenis van ...

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3.17 avg rating — 29 ratings — published 1987 — 2 editions
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Сражение

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“He succeeded in being considered totally uninteresting. People left him alone. And that was all he wanted.”
Patrick Süskind, 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

March Short Story Poll

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, 30 pages, 1948
 
  75 votes, 24.4%

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, 122 pages, 1879
 
  53 votes, 17.2%

 
  41 votes, 13.3%

 
  31 votes, 10.1%

 
  25 votes, 8.1%

A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift, 48 pages, 1729
 
  25 votes, 8.1%

Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov, 126 pages, 1925
 
  25 votes, 8.1%

 
  20 votes, 6.5%

So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ, 90 pages, 1979
 
  9 votes, 2.9%

The Double Bass by Patrick Süskind, 57 pages, 1981
 
  4 votes, 1.3%

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