Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris

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Synopsis

HE IS ONE OF THE MOST HAUNTING CHARACTERS
IN ALL OF LITERATURE.

AT LAST THE EVOLUTION OF HIS EVIL
IS REVEALED.

Hannibal Lecter emerges from the nightmare of the Eastern Front, a boy in the snow, mute, with a chain around his neck.

He seems utterly alone, but he has brought his demons with him.

Hannibal’s uncle, a noted painter, finds him in a Soviet orphanage and brings him to France, where Hannibal will live with his uncle and his uncle’s beautiful and exotic wife, Lady Murasaki.

Lady Murasaki helps Hannibal to heal. With her help he flourishes, becoming the youngest person ever admitted to medical school in France.

But Hannibal’s demons visit him and torment him. When he is old enough, he visits them in turn.

He discovers he has gifts beyond the academic, and in that epiphany, Hannibal Lecter becomes death’s prodigy.


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About Thomas Harris

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The late Thomas Harris was a Navy psychiatrist and a professor at the University of Arkansas. He practiced psychiatry in Sacramento, California and directed the Transactional Analysis Association.
 
Published June 23, 2009 by Dell. 386 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror, Crime. Fiction

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Publishers Weekly

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Harris returns to fiction's most famous cannibal in this prequel about the origins of the dark yet endearing villain, Hannibal Lecter. Torn from his family and ancestral home in Lithuania durin

Jan 29 2007 | Read Full Review of Hannibal Rising

The New York Times

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“But for this book, the movie excitement will hopefully be at its height just as the book goes through that cycle, so it’s a very good opportunity for this book to have an extended hardcover life.”.

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The New York Times

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(His pulse rate — 72 — never changes.) The effect of this surprisingly simple and — cannibalism aside — familiar back story is not to humanize Hannibal or even in any meaningful way to explain him, but rather to emphasize, by the very similarity to superhero origin stories, the character’s utter ...

Dec 31 2006 | Read Full Review of Hannibal Rising

The New York Times

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Little Hannibal is headed from Lecter Castle in Lithuania (once home to Hannibal the Grim, a 14th- to 15th-century forebear) to Paris, by way of some grisly detours.

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The Guardian

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Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris 323pp, Heinemann, £17.99 Reimagining the origin myth is a fine way to revive an ailing franchise, as Batman Begins and Casino Royale have shown.

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The Guardian

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The most powerful part of Hannibal Rising, the long-awaited fourth novel about the cannibal serial killer Hannibal Lecter, is the first section, which is, in essence, a Second World War version of the story of Hansel and Gretel.

Dec 10 2006 | Read Full Review of Hannibal Rising

Entertainment Weekly

Under her tutelage, Hannibal learns the martial arts, just like Bruce Wayne or the Karate Kid, and at one point he dons the armor's facial mask, with its sticklike ''teeth.'' It looks very much like — you guessed it — the mask used to subdue Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs.

Feb 14 2007 | Read Full Review of Hannibal Rising

Entertainment Weekly

I knew I was in trouble when the prologue promised the reader could ''watch as the beast within turns from the teat and, working upwind, enters the world.'' Hannibal, no surprise, turns out to be descended from one Hannibal the Grim.

Dec 13 2006 | Read Full Review of Hannibal Rising

The Bookbag

My personal view here is that Anthony Hopkins, who played the part of Hannibal Lecter in all of the adaptations except Hannibal Rising, understood what Harris was saying right down to the punctuation marks and translated them with unnerving aplomb.

Jan 24 2015 | Read Full Review of Hannibal Rising

USA Today

You know that creepy face mask Hannibal Lecter sports in The Silence of the Lambs?Well, the reading public should imprison author Thomas Harris in it, because he is ruining one of the great villain franchises of all time.The evil Hannibal Lecter has appeared in three earlier books by Harris: 1981...

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BookPage

The firstborn son of a wealthy Eastern European count, Hannibal Lecter was born and raised in 500-year-old Lecter Castle.

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Slate

The first full-length biography of Virginia Woolf's husband—longtime The Nation literary editor, co-editor of the Political Quarterly, author, critic, and Bloomsbury member—has critics revisiting Leonard's contributions to literary and intellectual life, though the San Francisco Chronicle caution...

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Hannibal Lecter, the murderous cannibal with a brilliant mind and a flawless sense of style and etiquette, has intrigued readers since 1981, when Thomas Harris introduced the character in Red Dragon.

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Bookmarks Magazine

In Hannibal Lecter, Thomas Harris created the one of the 20th century’s most memorable and maniacal villains.

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