Cover Photo: Photograph by Nathan Dumlao/Unsplash
Photograph by Nathan Dumlao/Unsplash

How Scent Returned My Life to Me

The raw stuff of life is only changed by the meanings we give it. Memory can be dissolved by scent, but also redeemed.

This is Per Fumar, a column by Mishka Hoosen about the olfactory art of perfumery and how it has impacted his life.

Mishka Hoosen is a South African writer. His debut novel, Call it a difficult night, was published by Deep South Books in 2015. His work has appeared on the Ploughshares Blog, and in Bare Fiction, Plume, Illuminations, Rolling Stone South Africa, The Missing Slate, and others. His work mainly deals with questions of the body, the senses, violence, and folklore.