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Patrick Süskind


Patrick Süskind was born in Ambach in 1949. His father was a writer, journalist and translator. He studied history at university first in Munich and then in Aix-en-Provence. It was while in Aix-en-Provence that he collected materials that he would later use in his novel Das Parfum (Perfume). His initial success was with his play Der Kontrabass [The Double Bass], which was originally intended to be a novella. He was also working in television at this time. The German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung serialised Das Parfum (Perfume), which became an international best-seller when published in book form the following year. Though he did publish other prose works, he has also worked in television and film since that time. He is a notorious recluse, refusing to give interviews or even to be photographed.

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1981 Der Kontrabass
1985 Das Parfum (Perfume)
1987 Die Taube (The Pigeon)
1991 Die Geschichte von Herrn Sommer (The Story of Mr Sommer)
1995 Drei Geschichten und eine Betrachtung (Three Stories and a Reflection)
2006 Über Liebe und Tod (On Love and Death)
2019 Ein Kampf