What Does Life Smell Like?

What Does Life Smell Like?

Walter Kohl

As a result of a serious bicycle accident, Walter Kohl loses his sense of smell forever. At first, he is unconcerned by this, given the other life-threatening injuries he has suffered. But little by little, the full implications of this impairment begin to hit home. For it is not only in the metaphorical sense that you use your nose to sniff something out. Dealing with people you can't smell is the hardest thing of all: we lose all sense of proximity and distance, face-to-face communication becomes a minefield, and enjoyment of sex is affected, as is the ability to find pleasure in food and drink.

Walter Kohl has written a deeply impressive and completely unsentimental report of what it means to forget what fried bacon, roses or fire smell like. His deeply personal description touches on myriad aspects of human interaction and calls into question much of what we take for granted in everyday life.

What Does Life Smell Like?

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