Under the Frog: A Novel

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Henry Holt and Company, May 15, 1997 - Fiction - 256 pages
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The Hungarians have an expression for the worst place in the world to be: "under the frog's ass down a coal mine." Under the Frog, Tibor Fischer's brilliant recreation of postwar Eastern Europe, was the surprise literary success of London last year, where it won the Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. It is the very witty and very sad account of two young men who survive the chaos of communism as part of a traveling basketball team. Set in Hungary from 1944 to 1956, the story follows the fortunes of the team in pursuit of sex and the avoidance of work. Exuberant and energetic, Tibor Fischer's first novel is a fascinating and oblique commentary on everyday life during those dramatic years. Fischer writes with the verve and irreverence of Martin Amis, but the world he recreates is one we know from George Konrad and Milan Kundera.

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User Review  - deebee1 - LibraryThing

Life in Hungary under the Communists was like living under the frog, in a shithole, according to Gyuri and his friends. Gyuri's foremost goals are dodging the Army and getting out of Hungary. He is ... Read full review

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User Review  - spaceowl - LibraryThing

A mad romp with a serious message, Under the Frog is the story of the education, in one way or another, of young Hungarian basketballer Gyuri in the years between the end of the Second World War and ... Read full review

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About the author (1997)

Tibor Fischer was born in Stockport, England, in 1959, the son of Hungarian basketball champions. He is a journalist, TV documentarian, & author of three novels, "Under the Frog" (a Booker Prize finalist), "The Thought Gang," & "The Collector Collector.

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