The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna
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In Mr. Paasilinna's anarchic world, life itself is a burning house, and the very moment you think you are safe is the most dangerous time of all. A job, a home, a life can be gone in a second and, seen in that light, you have to take some things less seriously than you did,
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Suddenly realizing what's important in life (with the help of a bunny), a man quits his job and heads to the countryside in this internationally bestselling comic novel.

"Which of us has not had that wonderfully seditious idea: to play hooky for a while from life as we know it?" With these words from his foreword, Pico Iyer puts his finger on the exhilaratingly anarchic appeal of The Year of the Hare.

While out on assignment, a journalist hits a 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.
 

About Arto Paasilinna

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ARTO PAASILINNA is an award-winning author of more than thirty novels, all of which have been translated into numerous languages. He lives in Helsinki, Finland. PICO IYER's essay for The New York Times about leaving a life as a successful journalist for a simpler life became one of its most e-mailed articles. Iyer is the author of numerous nonfiction books about the cultures of the world.
 
Published December 28, 2010 by Penguin Books. 211 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Pico Iyer on Dec 31 2010

In Mr. Paasilinna's anarchic world, life itself is a burning house, and the very moment you think you are safe is the most dangerous time of all. A job, a home, a life can be gone in a second and, seen in that light, you have to take some things less seriously than you did,

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