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The Year of the Hare

Translated by Herbert Lomas

The international bestseller. A novel of one man’s existential journey away from his life and in to the wild. With a hare.

Vatanen is a journalist in Finland. The car he is riding in accidentally hits a young wild hare. The injured animal scampers off and the car moves on—without Vatanen. He has disembarked to find the hare and nurse it back to health. With the hare in his arms, Vatanen starts walking. Travelling through forests and seasons, he finds himself on a journey of comic adventures and near misses.

Embracing this life, Vatanen decides to quit his job, leave his wife, sell his possessions and spend a year in the wild. As the hare slowly heals, so too does Vatanen. This is a picaresque tale of finding happiness where there was anger, simplicity where there was complexity, and meaning where there was none.

It is a book in the wonderful tradition of Watership Down and Life of Pi. It is a story you will return to again and again. It is a story of a man and a wild hare.

Arto Paasilinna
About the Author

Arto Paasilinna is a Finnish writer, born April 20, 1942 in Kittilä in Finnish Lapland. He is the author of thirty-five novels and twelve non-fiction works which have been translated into over 27 languages. He also writes for film, radio and television. Paasilinna is best known for his novel The Year of the Hare which became a cult bestseller in...

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31 October 2011
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  • The Year of the Hare
    ISBN: 9781921834721
    27 June 2011
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