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Parfums By Philippe Claudel

Parfums by Philippe Claudel

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Summary

An autobiographical evocation - one might even call it an olfactory memoir - of the author's beloved pays natal in Lorraine, where he has lived all his life. Sixty-three brief essays conjure up the distillation of the fragrances or scents associated with his childhood and adolescence, and which evoke a forgotten world.

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Parfums: A Catalogue of Remembered Smells by Philippe Claudel

From the sizzling sharpness of freshly cut garlic to the cool tang of a father's aftershave; the heady intoxication of a fumbled first kiss to the anodyne void of disinfectant and death, this is a decadently original olfactory memoir.

In sixty-three elusive episodes we roam freely across the countryside of Lorraine, North-East France, from kitchen to farm to a lover's bed. Recognising the bittersweet nostalgia of a scent that slips away on the summer breeze, Claudel demonstrates again his impeccable grasp of the personal and the universal, interweaved with a rare self-deprecating charm.

This is an evocative patchwork at once earthy and ethereal, erotic and heart-breaking. Claudel permits us a glimpse of moments that have driven him to delight or despair, creating through the fading aromas of the past fragments of humour, insight and quite intangible beauty.

Parfums Reviews

A modern masterpiece - Helen Brown, Daily Telegraph

Exquisite - Allan Massie, Scotsman

Claudel is a novelist of ideas - Ruth Scurr, The Times

About Philippe Claudel

Philippe Claudel is a university lecturer, novelist, film director and scriptwriter. He has written 14 novels that have been translated into various languages. He was born in Dombasle-sur-Meurthe in 1962 where he still lives. In 2009 his film I've Loved You So Long (Il y a longtemps que je t'aime), which draws upon Claudel's eleven years teaching in prisons, won the BAFTA for Best Foreign Language film. Among his novels, Grey Souls won the Prix Renaudot in France, the American Gumshoe Award and the Swedish Martin Beck award. Brodeck's Report won the 2010 Independent Foreign Fiction Award. Euan Cameron is an editor and translator. Madeleine is his first novel. He worked in book publishing and as a literary journalist for many years before becoming a translator from French. His translations include works by Julien Green, Paul Morand, Simone de Beauvoir, Patrick Modiano and Philippe Claudel, as well as biographies of Marcel Proust and Irene Nemirovsky. He was appointed Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2011. Euan Cameron is an editor and translator. Madeleine is his first novel. He worked in book publishing and as a literary journalist for many years before becoming a translator from French. His translations include works by Julien Green, Paul Morand, Simone de Beauvoir, Patrick Modiano and Philippe Claudel, as well as biographies of Marcel Proust and Irene Nemirovsky. He was appointed Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2011.

Table of Contents

Acacia. Garlic. Still. Girlfriends. Aftershave. Party-time. Mist. Cannabis. Cinnamon. Cellar. Hotel rooms. Coal. Carrion. Stubble. Cabbage. Cigar. Cemetery. Barber. Suntan lotion. Two-stroke. Communal showers. Clean sheets. Ironmonger. Church. Sleeping child. Stable. Ether. Campfire. Hay. Manure. Gauloises and Gitanes. Tar. Pink sandstone. Gym. Fried bacon. Vegetables. Childhood home. Death. Munster. Umbellifers. Fishing trousers. Swimming pool. Pissotieres. Rainstorm. Fish. Ointment. Prison. Pullover. Mustiness. Waking up. Rivers. Classroom. Fir tree. Tomato sauce. Soap. Le sexe feminin. Sewage works. Earth. Lime tree. Coffee-roasting. Turtledoves. Old age. Travels.

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Parfums: A Catalogue of Remembered Smells by Philippe Claudel
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Quercus Publishing
2014-10-02
176
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