“Perfumes are the soft-focus lense on our rough daily existence. They are the invisible, user-friendly interface in daily human interaction. They are sheer present – yet we have unearthed their primordial past. They seem pure phenomenon – yet they contain memory, erratic and unpredictable. And although they seem to lend themselves so well to the game of pure simulation, they do have dark and uncanny origins.” – HANS RINDISBACHER

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Source: Rindisbacher, H. J. (1992). The smell of books: a cultural-historical study of olfactory perception in literature. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, p. 346.