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The Year of the Hare: A Novel (original 1975; edition 2010)

by Arto Paasilinna, Pico Iyer (Foreword)

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Title:The Year of the Hare: A Novel
Authors:Arto Paasilinna
Other authors:Pico Iyer (Foreword)
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (2010), Edition: Original, Paperback, 208 pages
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Tags:Fiction, Finnish, Read, 2011

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The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna (1975)


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A journalist named Vatanen is riding through the Finnish countryside in a car with a photographer on their way to an assignment. Their car strikes a young hare that can't get out of the way in time. Vatanen gets out and follows the injured animal into the forest. He finds the terrified hare and uses twigs and a strip of cloth to splint its broken leg. The photographer is angrily honking the horn to get him to return to the car, but Vatanen asks himself why he should go back to a life he hates, a failing marriage, and a miserable job. He never returns.

Vatanen and the hare (who is never given a name) become devoted to one another and go on an odyssey through the Finnish countryside. The man takes odd jobs wherever he can find them, looking for peace and solitude. But like Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, he and the hare always seems to be stirring up the most madcap adventures.

The Year of the Hare is about breaking out of the system to be your own person. It is a lyrical and joyful book, but there is an edge of bitterness because the system inevitably fights back to try to force you back into conformity. ( )
1 vote StevenTX | Aug 16, 2015 |
Fantastic fantastic story woven into a zen scandinavian life overhaul. ( )
  jessicaofthebees | Aug 15, 2015 |
Fantastic fantastic story woven into a zen scandinavian life overhaul. ( )
  valerietheblonde | Aug 5, 2015 |
I like to read (and write) about Finland and this novel had all the elements I enjoy. Snappy dialogue, a fast pace, humour and a brilliant ending. The story is about a dejected journalist who hits a hare with his car. The hare survives and become a companion to the journalist who, thrown by the accident, decides to drop out of society, hit the road and nurse the hare. The book is full of strong colourful characters that the journalist meets along his route as he works his way up to Lapland with his wife and editor on his tail. Highly recommended and I look forward to reading Arto Paasilinna's other English-language work, The Howling Miller. ( )
  Sarah_King | May 29, 2015 |
Tarina saa alkunsa siitä, että kaksi miestä, toimittaja ja valokuvaaja, törmäävät työmatkansa aikana autolla jäniksenpoikaseen. Toimittaja, nimeltään Vatanen, rientää katsomaan kuinka eläimelle kävi. Hän lastoittaa jäniksen takakoiven risunpalasella ja nenäliinan suikaleilla. Vatanen kiintyy jänikseen kovasti ja päättää jättää entisen turhauttavan elämänsä taakseen. Hän ei pidä vaimostaan eikä työstään, joten päätös on helppo. Niin Vatanen aloittaa eri puolilla Suomea tapahtuvan seikkailunsa jäniksen kanssa. Vatanen elättää itseään mm. metsänraivaustöillä, tapaa monenlaisia ihmisiä ja joutuu moniin erikoisiin tilanteisiin. Yhteiskunta ei kovin suopeasti katso tällaista irtiottoa, ja lopulta Vatanen joutuukin vastaamaan erilaisista tempauksistaan.
  alankin | Dec 3, 2014 |
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Arto Paasilinnaprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Iyer, PicoForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lomas, HerbertTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parsonage, AlexanderCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Vatanen, the journalist is feeling burned out and sick of the city. One summer evening while on assignment his car hits a young hare on a country road. Vatanen leaves the car to save the injured creature. This small incident becomes a turning point in Vatanen's life 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.
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While out on assignment, a journalist hits a young hare with his car. This small incident becomes life-changing: he decides to quit his job, leave his wife, sell his possessions, and spend a year wandering the wilds of Finland--with the bunny as his boon companion… (more)

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