In the book "Constellation of Vital Phenomena" (Anthony Marra) Sonja remembers visiting anatomy and pathology museum in London. There she stumbles upon an exhibit of a skull of a cannibal. The placard says:

"There are no characteristics to distinguish the cranium of a cannibal from that of an ordinary man"

The next line says:

"The morbid association between the cannibal and the nutcracker..."

I am not sure I understood what association Sonja (or, rather, the author) had in mind. Is it simply due to the fact that Sonja bought the nutcracker the same day she visited the museum? I guess there is greater significance attached to it, something I failed to notice.

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    I do not know the text so can't give an actual answer, but I would presume the association here is one of cracking skulls like nut shells to eat what's inside. Jul 17 '17 at 8:48
  • Good point. I think I tried to look for a deeper meaning, but I guess the charm of this book comes from believable characters, who (just like people in the real world) on and off let their mind wonder about and derive quaint conclusions and associations. Or in the said case - morbid. Aug 30 '17 at 13:40

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