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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The New York Times

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“Hannibal Rising” was apparently conceived as both a novel and a movie — the film, with a screenplay by Harris, is scheduled to open in February — and it’s entirely possible that the writer decided to grit his teeth and choke out a teenage-Hannibal story just for the sake of seeing his monster pl...

Dec 31 2006 | Read Full Review of Hannibal Rising

The New York Times

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This is what Thomas Harris’s readers would least like to hear from Mr. Harris’s flesh-eating celebrity, Dr. Hannibal Lecter: “I deeply regret any pain I may have caused for the victims and their families.

Dec 08 2006 | Read Full Review of Hannibal Rising

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.

Dec 16 2006 | Read Full Review of Hannibal Rising

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

Hannibal Rising is the first episode of the story of Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter, the terrifying doctor from the Silence of The Lambs, Hannibal and Red Dragon novels and it is gripping, nerve-jangling and masterful in equal measure.

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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...

Dec 14 2006 | Read Full Review of Hannibal Rising

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...

Dec 15 2006 | Read Full Review of Hannibal Rising

Bookmarks Magazine

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

Aug 21 2007 | Read Full Review of Hannibal Rising

Horror News Net

Director Peter Webber takes on the myth of the menacing Hannibal Lecter (Gaspard Ulliel) in this terrifying prequel that attempts to trace the murderous roots of the cannibalistic killer.

Apr 26 2011 | Read Full Review of Hannibal Rising

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