The Scent of Adam
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Jean-Christophe Rufin, cofounder of Doctors Without Borders and Goncourt-winning novelist, believes there are two worlds: ours and that of the poor. He has spoken of the shift that has occurred in the way in which poverty is now perceived. He believes that the struggle to aid the poor has become a war on the poor, that we put issues of security above the call for social justice. Here he presents his observations of the present and his fears for the future in an action-filled tale of romance and eco-terror.
The Scent of Adam opens as the young Juliette and an eco-activist friend complete a mission dictated by a mysterious source: break into a research facility in Poland, liberate the lab animals, steal a vial of liquid, and leave the signature of the environmental group responsible. When the news reaches the United States, the intelligence community subcontracts the investigation to the Providence Group. Paul, a former CIA agent and now a physician involved in humanitarian causes, and the beautiful Kerry, another former agent who is now a psychologist, are assigned to investigate. They head out into the field, where they begin to work, not without opposition and not without revived feelings for one another. Then suddenly, their mission is canceled and they are ordered back home. Sensing corruption from within their agency, they decide to continue the investigation on their own. What they don’t know, and what Juliette doesn’t know as she delivers the stolen vial, is that they are racing against the clock—and against an extremist eco-terrorist group that is planning to save the world by eliminating the poorest inhabitants of the earth, one slum at a time.
Jean-Christophe Rufin :
Jean-Christophe Rufin is the celebrated cofounder of Doctors Without Borders. He has won the prix Goncourt and is the author of several novels, including the prize-winning L’Abbyssin (Gallimard, 1997; published in English as The Abyssinian, W.W. Norton, 1999), Sauver Ispahan (Gallimard, 1998; published in English as The Siege of Isfahan, W.W. Norton, 2002), and the prize-winning Rouge Brésil (Gallimard, 2002; published in English as Brazil Red, W.W. Norton, 2004). Currently France’s ambassador to Sénégal, Rufin has also been involved in covert operations to liberate hostages, in particular in Africa and the Balkans. Le parfum d’Adam has sold in 10 countries: in Italy to Bompiani, in Germany to Fischer, in Spain to Ediciones B, and in Russia, Poland, Slovenia, Greece, Korea, Lithuania, and the Czech Republic.