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The Year of the Hare



Paperback 192 pages
Paasilinna, Arto

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ISBN/SKU: 9781805330356 Categories/Genres: ,


A delightfully witty and mordant modern classic from Finland: the story of a journalist who befriends an injured hare and embarks into the Finnish wildernessKaarlo Vatanen is fed up with his life. He’s sick of his job, his wife, his urban lifestyle in Helsinki. But all this changes one warm summer’s evening, when he encounters an injured hare on a deserted country road.

On an impulse he can’t fully explain, Vatanen abruptly abandons his car, his home, his wife and his job to chase the hare into the forest. A year of comic misadventures ensues, where Vatanen and his unlikely companion battle through forest fires, pagan sacrifices, military war games and encounters with murderous bears, kept afloat by the help and understanding of other sympathetic free spirits.

A much-loved classic in Finland, The Year of the Hare is a freewheeling adventure through the Finnish countryside, and a witty portrayal of one man’s long detour from conventional living.


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