Talking, discussing and writing about fragrance has become as fashionable as ever, with the volume and the exasperated rhythms of modern communication technology. In order to “pull the plug” and get into the lazy holiday rhythm, we propose two books:
PROFUMO (FRAGRANCE), not to be confused with PERFUME written in 1890 which tells of the intimate relationship between the psyche and odours, a theme which was totally innovative and symbolic of Italy at the end of the 1800s. Its author, Luigi Capuana, one of the founding fathers of the literary current of verism (a movement which required an impersonal approach from the writer), involves the reader in the intriguing affaire of a young women whose emotions we find in the form of a totally unexpected expression…a mysterious olfactory emanation. Which odour could it be? We cannot reveal the secret...will you be the ones to tell us about it?
To be savoured at a deliciously slow pace and with a spirit free form multi-medial conditioning…
CLASSIKA Timeless books – ISBN 978-88-95916-00-2
A cultural and historical pathway set in the golden times of the Hellenistic era, but as fresh and up-to-date as a journalistic article: ointment and fragrance recipes, odorous substance classifications, reflections, literary and mythological citations, names and portraits of perfumers of that time, inter-twined with poetry and the in-depth olfactory knowledge of Teofrasto di Ereso (370 – 288 a.C.), enriched with entertaining anecdotes about people of that epoch. A look at the past in order to understand the present, to discover that today’s fragrances owe a great deal of their success to yesterday’s odours and fragrances. A book written by the historian Giuseppe Squillace, with the illuminating preface by Lorenzo Villoresi, a well-known fragrance creator.
“FRAGRANCE IN THE ANCIENT WORLD: with the first Italian translation of “About odours” Teofrasto - LEO S. OLSCHKI EDITORE – Firenze 2010- ISBN 978 88 222 5983 7