• The Year Of The Hare

A long-time best-seller in Finland and in France, The Year of the Hare is Arto Paasilinna's masterpiece and best-loved of his works.

Vatanen the journalist is feeling burnt out and sick of the city. One summer evening coming back from an assignment his car hits a young hare on a country road. He goes out into the wild in search of the injured creature …

This small incident precipitates Vatanen's break from the world. Nursing the Hare back to health, he quits his job, leaves his wife, sells his possessions and sets out for the Finnish wilds with his new-found friend. Their adventures take in forest fires, pagan sacrifices, military war games, killer bears and much more. The Year of the Hare has sold in its millions around the world and in several languages. It is frequently dramatized for the stage and has twice been made into a movie.


Translated from the Finnish by Herbert Lomas
'Paasilinna has been amusing Finns for thirty years and readers in twenty-five languages. He concocts situational comedy highlighted by deadpan, sometimes black humour, the kind familiar in the American Middle West.' – New York Times
'The Year of the Hare reminds us that what seems so important in our daily lives may not be all that permanent or sustaining.' – The Wall Street Journal
No wonder the French have made this book into a cult. Finnish wit is as sharp as the Arctic weather.' – Mail on Sunday


ARTO PAASILINNA was born in Kittila Finland in 1942. After a successful, but ultimately meaningless, punt as a journalist, he quit his job and sold his boat to write The Year of the Hare, which has since gone on to become an international best-seller. Since the early 1970s, he has written a novel a year, in which dissatisfied Fins run for the forests, shaking off their urban shackles in search of idyllic self-sufficiency. To this end he has sold more than seven million books in twenty-seven languages.
Bibliographic Data
Date Published 1st August 2006
ISBN Number 9780720612776
Pages 144

The Year Of The Hare

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