The Year of the Hare (novel)

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The Year of the Hare
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AuthorArto Paasilinna
Original titleJäniksen vuosi
TranslatorHerbert Lomas
CountryFinland
LanguageFinnish
PublisherWeilin+Göös
Publication date
1975
Published in English
March 1995
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
Pages182
ISBN951-35-1252-5
OCLC2195299

The Year of the Hare (Finnish: Jäniksen vuosi) is a 1975 novel by Finnish author Arto Paasilinna. It tells the story of Kaarlo Vatanen, a frustrated journalist, who, after nearly killing a hare with his car, decides to live with the hare in the wilderness.

The novel has been translated into 29 languages including English, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Estonian, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Rumanian, Russian, Swedish, Slovenian, Turkish, and Ukrainian <sks.fi 21.11.2018>. It is Paasilinna's most widely read work[1] and was included in 1994 in the UNESCO Collection of Representative Works which funded the 1995 English translation by Herbert Lomas. It was adapted twice into feature films: a 1977 Finnish film called The Year of the Hare, and a 2006 French film directed by Marc Rivière called Le Lièvre de Vatanen.

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