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Patrick Süskind

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Occupation  Writer, screenwriter
Role  Writer
Period  1980–present
Plays  The Double Bass
Literary movement  Magic realism
Siblings  Martin E. Suskind
Name  Patrick Suskind

Born  26 March 1949 (age 66)Ambach, Bavaria, Germany (1949-03-26)
Notable works  Der KontrabasPerfume: The Story of a MurdererThe PigeonThe Story of Mr Sommer
Movies  Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Rossini, Vom Suchen und Finden der Liebe
Parents  Annemarie Suskind, Wilhelm Emanuel Suskind
Books  Perfume, The Pigeon, The Story of Mr Sommer, Three stories and a reflection, On Love and Death
Similar People  Tom Tykwer, Bernd Eichinger, Helmut Dietl, Ben Whishaw, Frank Griebe

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Patrick Süskind (born 26 March 1949) is a German writer and screenwriter, best known for his internationally acclaimed novel Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, first published in 1985.


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Early life

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Süskind was born in Ambach by Starnberger See, near Munich in Germany. His father was writer and journalist Wilhelm Emanuel Süskind, who worked for the Süddeutsche Zeitung and is famous as the co-author of the well-known Aus dem Wörterbuch des Unmenschen (From the Dictionary of an Inhuman), a critical collection of essays on the language of the Nazi era. Patrick Süskind went to school in Holzhausen, a little Bavarian village. His mother worked as a sports trainer; his older brother Martin E. Süskind is also a journalist. Süskind has many relatives from the aristocracy in Württemberg, making him one of the descendants of the exegete Johann Albrecht Bengel and of the reformer Johannes Brenz.

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, but never graduated. Financially supported by his parents, he moved to Paris, where he wrote "mainly short, unpublished fiction and longer screenplays which were not made into films."


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In 1981, he had his breakthrough with the play Der Kontrabaß (The Double Bass), which was originally conceived as a radio play. In the 1984-85 theatrical season, the play was performed more than 500 times. The only role is a tragi-comical orchestral musician, who has so many problems with his instrument and his insignificance that he falls into nagging fatalism. In the 1980s, Süskind was also successful as a screenwriter for the TV productions Monaco Franze (1983) and Kir Royal (1987), among others. For his screenplay of Rossini, directed by Helmut Dietl, he won the Screenplay Prize of the German Department for Culture in 1996. He rejected other awards, like the FAZ-Literaturpreis, the Tukan-Preis, and the Gutenbergpreis.

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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. Perfume was on the bestselling list of the German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel for nine years. 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).

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Süskind lives as a recluse in Munich, in Seeheim (Lake Starnberg), and at Montolieu in France. The public knows little about Süskind. He has withdrawn from the literary scene in Germany and never grants interviews or allows photos.

Selected works

  • Der Kontrabaß (The Double Bass) (play, 1981)
  • Das Parfum (Perfume: The Story of a Murderer) (novel, 1985)
  • Die Taube (The Pigeon) (novella, 1988)
  • Die Geschichte von Herrn Sommer (The Story of Mr Sommer) (novella, 1991)
  • Drei Geschichten und eine Betrachtung (Three Stories and a Reflection) (stories, 1996)
  • Das Vermächtnis des Maître Mussard (Maître Mussard's Bequest) (novella, 1996)
  • Rossini (film, 1997)
  • Über Liebe und Tod (On Love and Death) (essays, 2006)
  • A film based on Perfume was released in 2006.


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