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The German novelist Patrick Suskind (an umlaut over the u) published "Perfume: the Story of a Murderer" in 1985 as "Das Parfum: Die Geschichte eines Morders" (an umlaut over the o). It has been translated into dozens of other languages, been adapted to film and television and received several literary awards. It is the story of Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, who is abandoned at birth in a fish market in Paris in 1737. Soon after, his mother is executed for infanticide after admitting to the killing of the four siblings she dispatched before him. Orphaned, he is given to the care of wet nurses, one of which accuses him of being the spawn of Hell because he has no odor. This lack of natural body odor marks him as a sort of freak. He will deal with it later by faking an odor to win acceptance from his fellow workers and associates. He has no smell of his own but he is gifted with a wondrous sense of smell. He employs it to seek a career in the field of perfume. He becomes obsessed with the pursuit of the ideal in human scent, and is willing to kill to obtain it.