Translated from the Finnish by Herbert Lomas, Arto Paasilinna’s The Year of the Hare loses none of its enchanting lightness, and it’s easy to see even in English why other translations (such as the French) have quickly become cult classics.
Vatanen the journalist is feeling burnt out and sick of the city. One summer evening while on assignment his car hits a young hare on a country road; mortified, he goes in search of the injured creature. This small incident becomes a life-changing experience for Vatanen as he decides to break free from the world's constraints: he quits his job, leaves his wife, sells his possessions to travel the Finnish wilds with his new-found friend. Their adventures take in forest fires, pagan sacrifices, military war games, killer bears and much more.
A long-time bestseller in Finland and in France, The Year of the Hare is the author’s favourite among his works. It has also been translated into Italian, German, Dutch, Greek, Hungarian, Japanese, Swedish and many other languages. It is frequently dramatized for the stage and has twice been made into a film.
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