Patrick Suskind – The scent of pure beauty

“He backed up against the wall, closed his eyes and flared his nostrils… he had the prescience of something extraordinary – this scent was the key for ordering all odours, one could understand nothing about odours if one did not understand this one scent, and his whole life would be bungled if he, Grenouille, did not succeed in possessing it… the source was a girl… For a moment he was so confused that he actually thought he had never in all his life seen anything so beautiful as this girl… Her sweat smelled as fresh as the sea breeze, the tallow of her hair as sweet as nut oil, her genitals were as fragrant as the bouquet of water lilies, her skin as apricot blossoms… and the harmony of all these components yielded a perfume so rich, so balanced, so magical, that every perfume that Grenouille had smelled until now, every edifice of odours that he had so playfully created within himself, seemed at once to be utterly meaningless. A hundred thousand odours seemed worthless in the presence of this scent. This scent was the higher principle, the pattern by which the others must be ordered. It was pure beauty.”

– Patrick Suskind, Perfume

4 thoughts on “Patrick Suskind – The scent of pure beauty

      1. I have not seen it… I didn’t even know it existed! I’m always apprehensive to watch movies made after books because I’m afraid it will change the images I have in my head. Sounds like it is good though. I’ll try to find it. Thanks 🙂

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