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The Beggar and the Hare

Vatanescu, a young Romanian construction worker, wants a future for himself and pair of football boots for his son. So off he goes to a cold, dark country to beg. Vatanescu knows a little about Finland from the novels of Arto Paasilinna, but he has no idea what he is letting himself in for and soon he is kneeling on the asphalt in Helsinki. The wretchedness of living on the streets is lifted when Vatanescu and his fellow beggars throw a sumptuous feast from the contents of a dumpster. However, their employer, the Russian human trafficker Jegor Kugar, profoundly disapproves of this bacchanal. A conflict ensues, as a result of which Vatanescu ends up on the run, having to evade both international criminal organizations and the Finnish police. Our hero then strikes up with a fellow fugitive, a hare that has itself been sentenced to death for the crime of living within Helsinki's city limits. Their shared journey takes the beggar and the hare first to Lapland as berry-pickers, then to the National Idea Park construction site - and eventually to the upper echelons of Finnish politics.
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Tuomas Kyro (b. 1974) is one of the new voices in Finnish literature whose authorial talents were first showcased in his debut novel, Leather Jacket (Nahkatakki). Kyro draws on the long traditions of Finnish prose to tell compelling, even tragic stories with great authority. He is also a prolific cartoonist and columnist.

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