Scent, the Mysterious and Essential Powers of Smell

Scent, the Mysterious and Essential Powers of Smell

Book - 1992
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Baker & Taylor
Traces the history of scent, in relation to myth, religion, sex, discrimination, philosophy, and medicine

Blackwell North Amer
"All my genius resides in my nostrils," claimed Friedrich Nietzsche. Now comes a splendid new voice to bear him out - Annick Le Guerer. In this enchanting, erudite, and highly readable exploration of all things olfactory, she investigates the uses and properties of scent through the ages in relation to magic, myth, religion, sex, discrimination, philosophy, and medicine.
From the perfumed rituals of ancient religions to the saintly "odor of sanctity"; from the aromatic cures of the Middle Ages to the black market for spiceladen mummies; from Proust's tea-dipped madeleine to our contemporary "odorphobia," Le Guerer explains and documents the mysterious and essential powers of smell: to attract or repel; call up deep memory; induce lust, love, hunger, even trance.
Recalling by turns Patrick Suskind's Perfume and Diane Ackerman's A Natural History of the Senses, Scent is an enchanting melange of storytelling and scholarship, a sensual journey across boundaries of time and culture that touches on universal myths and intimate desires.

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& Taylor

An exploration of the sense of smell discusses the properties and uses of scent in religion, science, medicine, myth, philosophy, literature, and fashion, moving from the perfumed rituals of ancient religions to the modern perfume industry.

Publisher: New York : Turtle Bay Books, 1992
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780394585260
0394585267
Branch Call Number: 152.166 LeGUE
Characteristics: ix, 260 pages ; 22 cm
Notes: Translation of: Les pouvoirs de l'odeur

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