|Anniba! a 'Hannibal Rising' Variation
Author: MajorBachman PM
Hannibal's childhood, following the trilogy-canon, where Hannibal's quest for revenge leaves him a bit unfulfilled. Characters are not owned by me. Just had some fun with them.Rated: Fiction T - English - Tragedy/Suspense - Chapters: 39 - Words: 49,126 - Reviews: 60 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 3 - Updated: 05-31-10 - Published: 10-26-09 - Status: Complete - id: 5467955
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This is the final installment for 'Anniba!'. It contains my notes on chapters 30 to 35 and the epilogue. Thanks for reading and staying with me!
An American bike, as fancy and brutal as could be at the time, as a contrast to HR's BMW.
until accounts had been settled
Another reference to Shylock's bond from Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice'.
(Castle of) Fontainebleau
Wikipedia: (Palace_of_)Fontainebleau; a town near Paris, with many private grandes écoles and the castle that was the home for kings, which now holds the Fontainebleau Schools. A town, known for proper education.
Hospices de Beaune
A former charitable almshouse. An important charity wine auction is held in November each year.
Modena / Ferrari's and Maserati's / he liked English cars better / Aston Martin DB Mark III
Modena homes the houses of Ferrari and Maserati. Even though they make great cars, the doctor prefers English cars, as we learn in Hannibal. Jaguar. Bentley. Oh, and later we learn about Maybach. I think he would like Aston Martin also.
fresco 'The Holy Trinity' by Masaccio
A Renaissance fresco, considered a revelation of Brunelleschi's principles in architecture and the use of perspective.
See Hannibal, chapter 17. Just a reference to link 'Anniba!' to the Hannibal trilogy.
the lozenges on the second level … Saturn
Saturn is referenced in 'Anniba!' quite often, to indicate the looters. That's why he dislikes that particular lozenge.
He felt he could spend years here / as if blood could flow here again at any time.
This comes true when Hannibal revisits the city in the book 'Hannibal'.
the statues of Perseus, and Judith and Holofernes
Perseus: A statue of a decapitation, depicting the dripping blood very accurately.
Judith and Holofernes: See Hannibal, chapter 19, when the Doctor first defends his position as curator. Judith defeats Holofernes at dinner: she gets him drunk and chops off his head. Remember Paul Krendler?
At the roof of the Belvedere … the parapet ... looked north … a sight worth remembering
See Hannibal, chapter 20, when Rinaldo Pazzi is on the roof of the Belvedere, and looks at his city.
No marble, but a concrete floor. No settee, but a vinyl bench.
A reference to Demeter's excellent fanfic 'Mentor'. I could not resist (sorta) quoting from it.
Wikipedia: Annie_Oakley. Quite a shooter, and from Americe. Like Clarice. And she travelled with Buffalo Bill. And maybe I'm wrong, but wasn't Clarice once compared to Annie? Even if not: Clarice is quite a shooter also.
Colonel William Frederick Cody, from America. And also a reference to SOTL, of course.
Nerbini Publishing House
In Florence, of all places...
"Hey Joe, tell me what are you gonna do?"
The song 'Hey Joe' is by Jimi Hendrix.
Dali's "The Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory"
Since I had such a wonderful discussion with Demeter on art and possible links between Dalí and the Hannibal trilogy, I wanted to use some Dalí in my fanfic. This painting was used here to represent the duality in Hannibal's mind: immeasurably clever but distorted. The melting watches are very Hannibalish also. I'll leave the rest of the links for you all to find out.
reading at lightning speed
See Hannibal, chapter 74, where Hannibal performs this feat again.
deep-piled carpet / shoes sinking into the fibers
See Hannibal, chapter 7, where we read about Paul Krendler's professional habitat. He's not a field man.
Vermeer's 'The Procuress'
Quite a lewd painting form the otherwise restrained painter Vermeer. The use of Vermeer is of course derived from Barney's fascination with the painter. The use of the painting in my fanfic while describing the room of the looters conveys some of that lewdness to them.
Pee Chee folders
A common American stationery item in the second half of the 20th century. Another link to the US.
Maarat / Boemondo di Taranto
From wikipedia: During the First Crusade, after the Crusaders, led by Raymond de Saint Gilles and Bohemond of Taranto, successfully besieged Antioch they found themselves with insufficient supplies of food. Their raids on the surrounding countryside during the winter months did not help the situation. By December 12 when they reached Ma'arra, many of them were suffering from starvation and malnutrition. They managed to breach the city's walls and massacred about 20,000 inhabitants, as they often did when they captured a city. However, this time, as they could not find enough food, they resorted to cannibalism.
The title of a song by Amorphis, one of my favorite bands.
The pines of Rome
A 1924 work by the Italian composer Ottorino Respighi.
Romulus and Remus / Castor and Pollux
Both twins born from a male god and a female human.
Romulus and Remus founded Rome, where Hannibal is at that moment, Castor and Pollux were born from Zeus and Leda, whose intercourse is mentioned in Hannibal, chapter 97.
the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin / the portico
The place where the original 'La Bocca della Veritá' can be found. We encountered another 'Bocca' in chapter 25.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo's Hagakure.
A guide for a warrior, a collection of commentaries by the samurai Yamamoto Tsunetomo. I took this line from the movie 'Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai', where this book was used.
The storm of the warpath […] and to fear for me
Lyrics from the song 'Weaving the incantation' by Amorphis.
tying Junka and taping his mouth / answer by blinking eyes
Now, who did not recognize the resemblance to Pazzi's end in Hannibal?
my mouth isn't as large as St. Valentine's / I'll bite off only a finger, not your whole hand
A reworking of the fact that in the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, where the Bocca can be found, the flower crowned skull of St. Valentive is kept. Hm; coincidence (?): Valentines for Clarice in SOTL, chapter 4.
"Here's some lead for you!"
The element associated with Saturn is lead.
Poster Kleine Dadasoirée Haagsche K.K. by Theo van Doesburg
I am very fond of dadaism, and I think this poster is a true masterpiece.
His head had been bombed with a fragment of timber and had turned into a bloody mess.
Refers to chapter 15, where Nurse's head received the same treatment. I have tried to describe Junka as a hanger-on, someone not truly belonging to the group. Nurse was not a member of the family, but one of the household.
Schubert's "Gruppe aus dem Tartarus."
Last reference to Saturn. All of them on a row:
- The element associated with Saturn is lead;
- December 17th (birthday of Adam) is the feast of Saturnalia;
- Another side to Saturn and its ruling sign Capricorn: the settling of accounts;
- Schubert's 'Gruppe aus dem Tartarus' (Group from Hades) - from the mythology of Saturn, we learn that Saturn was either castrated or sliced into a thousand pieces with his own sickle and cast into the darkest and deepest part of Tartarus, the underworld.
Ikizukuri / Rebasashi
ikizukuri=fish sashimi, "prepared alive", from a living fish
Rebasashi=slices of raw liver
Wiki: Prometheus; Zeus punished Prometheus for his crime by having him bound to a rock while a great eagle ate his liver every day only to have it grow back to be eaten again the next day.
A brigantine, New Zealand registered, christened Boyd / Captain John Thompson
Wiki: Boyd_massacre; which took place in 1809, when local Māori killed 66 people at Whangaroa, a northern New Zealand harbour, in revenge for the crew's whipping a Māori chief's son. The massacre is among the most famous instances of cannibalism and one of the bloodiest mass killings of non-Māori in New Zealand's history.
Provincetown in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA
Wiki: Cape_cod. In 1620, the Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact when they landed here. This is Dr. Lecter's first visit to the US, a new life, therefore he enters like the Pilgrims. The word Pilgrim also refers to Red Dragon, where Dollarhyde is called Pilgrim.
A new life in the New World
Refers to Hannibal's remark to Rinaldo Pazzi in chapter 19: 'La Vita Nuova?', and America, of course.
Hannibal does not indulge much in regret, but it was a shame.
See Hannibal, chapter 38. Sort of quoted Mr. Harris here, since it's one of the few bits of information we directly receive on Hannibal.
steak should be rare, perhaps some like it medium rare, but never charred
Demeter noted on chapter 34 that if a burned Joe could not satisfy Hannibal's need for revenge, nothing could. I asked her how she liked her steak.
It was as if revenge had been purposefully denied Hannibal.
I think that's what drives Hannibal 'mad'. If he had his revenge, why would he still be killing people? I always found that a weak spot in HR. And 'purposefully' refers to a Divine being, God, who would have denied him that. As we read in the Bible: Vengeance belongs to the Lord (DEUT 32:35, PSA 94:1).