The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna with foreword by Pico Iyer
Penguin Paperback Original / On Sale: January 2011
In his foreword to the internationally bestselling comic novel THE YEAR OF THE HARE (Penguin Paperback Original / On-Sale: January 2011 / ISBN: 9780143117926 / $14.00) by Finnish writer Arto Paasilinna, Pico Iyer asks, “Which of us has not had that wonderfully seditious idea: to play hooky for a while from life as we know it?,” an appropriate meditative beginning to the fairytale-like adventure that follows.
A contemporary classic of world literature, THE YEAR OF THE HARE was first published in Finland more than twenty-five years ago and has won three international prizes, twice been made into a feature film, and been translated into more than twenty-five languages. This is the first time it’s being published in North America, just in time to usher in 2011—the Year of the Hare in Chinese zodiac—and to inspire readers seeking a more meaningful life to take to heart this story of one man’s life-changing epiphany and to make their own vows of renewal in the new year.
Praise for THE YEAR OF THE HARE
“A spare narrative about a social misfit and a hare, halfway between fairy tale and fable, that builds with an unexpected cumulative impact. Perpetually unpredictable and constantly heartwarming, it’s a book to read slowly and savor.”
“The Year of the Hare is only the most Finnish, and perhaps most antically Zen-ish, of a shelf-load of books that tell us to find and live by our own ideas of contentment.”
—The Wall Street Journal
“Step out of the domestic gulag and into The Year of the Hare, a novel that depicts the confident freedom of the journeyman. I loved it.”
—Matthew Crawford, author of Shop Class as Soulcraft
“An exemplary comic novel, full of amiable if binding warnings about the septic follies of civilization—to be read with rising anxiety and delight.”