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Parfums A Catalogue of Remembered Smells by Philippe Claudel
  

Parfums A Catalogue of Remembered Smells

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This is a fragmentary memoir and you can catch the magic of it just by reading the essay headings – clean sheets, Ironmonger, Church, Sleeping Child, Stable. These may be French smells but we can share them too – or most of them - of coal and wood, kitchens and cinnamon. It’s elegiac and sometimes sad as these memoirs often are when they catalogue the things that are lost to us. By remembering scents and smells Philippe Claudel reawakens our own olfactory memories, of the scents that surround you and which are easy to forget. A quite beautiful book, these essays say so much about childhood and memory, how we remember and the triggers that can bring back the past in an instant.

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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.

About the Author

Philippe Claudel is a novelist, film director and university lecturer. He is the author of Grey Souls, Brodeck's Report, Monsieur Linh and His Child and The Investigation and was appointed to l'Academie Goncourt in 2012. Euan Cameron's translations include works by Julien Green, Simone de Beauvoir and Paul Morand, biographies of Marcel Proust and Irene Nemirovsky.

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Book Info

Publication date

2nd October 2014

Author

Philippe Claudel

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Publisher

MacLehose Press an imprint of Quercus Publishing

Format

Hardback
176 pages

Categories

Memoirs

ISBN

9780857052728

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