Arto Paasilinna, The Year of the Hare
Presentation, in the streets of Helsinki, of The Year of the Hare, the book by Finland's Arto Paasilinna.
Arto Paasilinna (born in 1942) is a Finnish writer, author of several novels and short stories translated in over 20 languages. His parents, fleeing the Nazi army, left Finland for Lapland. From a young age he worked several jobs, such as forestry worker and farm hand, until 20 years old. He then took up his studies, to become a journalist in a regional daily. He began to write in 1975, poetry, novels and scripts. He had great success notably thanks to his novel Le Lièvre de Vatanen (1975) Which would be adapted for the cinema twice.
His novels, among which Petits suicides entre amis (2003), La Douce empoisonneuse (2001) or even Le Bestial seviteur du pasteur Huuskonnen (2007), are characterised by a bittersweet and burlesque sense of humour. The action, always in Finland, leaves a lot to fantasy and the unexpected. Nature also plays an essential role; Paasilinna's novels are often labelled "ecological humour novels". Today he lives near Helsinki.