Patrick Süskind is a German novelist, playwright and screenwriter. Born in Ambach near Munich in 1949, a descendent of local aristocrats, he studied Medieval and Modern History at the University of Munich and in Aix-en-Provence from 1969 to 1974.

German edition of Perfume
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeGerman edition of Perfume - Credit: Mons Maenalus

His breakthrough was the 1980 play The Double Bass, which was a leading piece on German stages for a number of seasons. Subsequently, he wrote for television. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, his most famous and critically-acclaimed novel, was published in 1985. Subsequent work included The Pigeon (1988), The Story of Mr. Sommer (1991), Three Stories and a Reflection (1996) and On Love and Death (2006) a collection of essays.

A film of Perfume was made in 2006. Süskind does not give interviews, move in literary circles, attend book signings or forge friendships with other authors. He lives in Munich and France.