Is cannibalistic murder sometimes justified? Do Hannibal’s exquisite meals become art instead of horror? Is he justified in his quest to “eat the rude?” The new essay collection edited by Joseph Westfall, Hannibal Lecter and Philosophy: The Heart of the Matter, works to answer these questions. Philosophy is an easy place to go for Hannibal fans; after all, in his world of arts, high cuisine, and well-tailored suits, what is a little thought provoking conversation?
It’s hard to not want to read this book over a perfect cup of coffee or a fancy meal. If you’re not a fan of the Bryan Fuller show, don’t worry; this book covers everything from Red Dragon to Hannibal Rising. Whomever you associate with Hannibal Lecter (or Lecktor in one case), you will find a home. Many of the essays discuss Hannibal’s beginnings and the loss of his sister Mischa. They discuss the lives of fictional characters as if justifying the actions of real people. Still, it’s difficult not to find yourself completely enraptured in Hannibal Lecter and Philosophy: The Heart of the Matter.
Put on some Chopin, pour yourself a nice chianti, and dig right in. Even if you didn’t major in philosophy, there are more than enough interesting passages in this book to keep the reader enthralled.
Hannibal Lecter and Philosophy: The Heart of the Matter, edited by Joseph Westfall, is now available from Open Court Press.