Parfums : A Catalogue of Remembered Smells Hardback
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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 176 pages
- Publisher: Quercus Publishing
- Publication Date: 02/10/2014
- Category: Memoirs
- ISBN: 9780857052728
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