The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume and Obsession

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Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 352 pages
Provides a close-up look at scientific maverick Luca Turin, a man whose remarkable powers of smell and obsession with perfume led to the discovery of how the nose works and how scents are detected. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

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THE EMPEROR OF SCENT: A Story of Perfume, Obsession, and the Last Mystery of the Senses

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An elegant analysis of one man's work in deciphering the sense of smell.Raised in France, Luca Turin is happy to admit that "the idea that things should be slightly dirty, overripe, slightly fecal is ... Read full review

Burr writing about a person he would like to be...

User Review  - LORNE CAPLAN ON PASSION - Borders

The title would have us believe that the book is about obsession. We are lead briefly to believe that there will be talking points on relationships, intense issues, etc... They never come. Even with ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Chandler Burr is the author of A Separate Creation: The Search for the Biological Origins of Sexual Orientation. He has contributed to The Atlantic and has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications.

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