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Cindy Chao

on 5 October 2012

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Transcript of Perfume

Patrick Suskind By Cindy Chao and Savannah Roberts The Early Days How Suskinds bio contributes to the production of Perfume Suskind Bio Patrick Süskind was born in Ambach, Bavaria, Germany. His father was writer and journalist Wilhelm Emanuel Süskind, who worked for the well-established Süddeutsche Zeitung and is famous as the co-author of the well-known "Aus dem Wörterbuch des Unmenschen" ("From the Dictionary of an Inhuman"). After his Abitur and his Zivildienst, he studied Medieval and Modern History at the University of Munich and in Aix-en-Provence from 1968-1974. Süskind also attended lessons in English, Spanish, Latin, Greek, Politics, Art and Theology but, apparently, never graduated His Life's Works In 1981 he had his breakthrough with the play Der Kontrabaß (The Double Bass), which was originally conceived as a radio play. In the season 1984/85 the play was performed more than 500 times. In the 1980s Süskind was also successful as a screenwriter for the TV productions Monaco Franze (1983) and Kir Royal (1987). He is also the author of a novella, The Pigeon (1988), The Story of Mr. Sommer (1991), Three Stories and a Reflection (1996), and a collection of essays, On Love and Death (2006).Süskind lives reclusively in Munich, in Seeheim (Lake Starnberg) and in France (probably Paris and Montolieu). The public knows little about Süskind currently. He has withdrawn from the literary scene in Germany and never grants interviews or allows photos. The Perfume His best-known work is the internationally acclaimed bestseller Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (1985). This was made into a film in 2006 by Tom Tykwer and is the only story of his to have reached the cinema to date. With more than 12 million copies sold and translations into 46 languages, he is probably the most well-known contemporary German writer in the world. Suskind and secrecy Suskind's is very secret about his personal about his life. He doesn't allow interviews and almost never comments on his work. When asked what his literary influences are, Suskind always claims that his memory is so poor that he doesn't remember what he reads or writes. Reasoning for Perfume Because Suskind was very private on his life, there is no particular exact reasoning for his influences on writing perfume. In the book Perfume, Grenouille is liked after creating the perfect perfume and gains popularity from people. But through all of this Grenouille found no satisfaction since he was being liked for something rather than himself so he moves back to Paris to get away. This could relate to how Patrick felt with society. Another reasoning was the Suskind wanted to be different from romanticism. Critiques about Perfume German writers, scholars and critics all recognized Perfume to be a great example of German literary postmodernism. To critics, the novel Perfume contained folkloric myth, romantic fascination with criminality, and the psychology of aesthetic obsession. Some critics criticized though the book's lack of secondary characters and perceived Grenouille as a charismatic antihero.
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