Read Patrick Süskinds novel "Perfume" and take an olfactory trip to 18th century Paris. You'll understand why France is the world's foremost perfume producer.
Several publishers rejected the manuscript before the novel became an international bestseller with 20 million copies sold and translations into almost 50 languages. But what is the secret of its universal success?
Süskind shot to fame with the international best-seller "Perfume: The Story of a Murderer," yet he's a recluse of German literature. It's a bit of a personal irony for DW's Cristina Burack, who reflects as he turns 70.
The author's 1985 bestseller, Perfume: Story of a Murderer, has been made into a series. Audiences in Munich, and eventually around the world, are in for major surprises as the plot is now set in present-day Germany.
Two geniuses meet in 1828: Alexander von Humboldt and Carl Friedrich Gauss. Daniel Kehlmann's global bestseller relates the lives of these two German men with intelligent humor.
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