Under The Frog

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Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Under the Frog follows the adventures of two young Hungarian basketball players through the turbulent years between the end of World War II and the anti-Soviet uprising of 1956. In this spirited indictment of totalitarianism, the two improbable heroes, Pataki and Gyuri, travel the length and breadth of Hungary in an epic quest for food, lodging, and female companionship.

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Overview

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Under the Frog follows the adventures of two young Hungarian basketball players through the turbulent years between the end of World War II and the anti-Soviet uprising of 1956. In this spirited indictment of totalitarianism, the two improbable heroes, Pataki and Gyuri, travel the length and breadth of Hungary in an epic quest for food, lodging, and female companionship.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A delicate, seriocomic treasure.”—Salman Rushdie

“Ferociously funny, bitterly sad, and perfectly paced.” —A.S. Byatt

"An audacious act of creativity....Of all the young novelists working today, Tibor Fischer may be the most adept at taking chances in his work."—The Nation

Nation
An audacious act of creativity....Of all the young novelists working today, Tibor Fischer may be the most adept at taking chances in his work.
A.S. Byatt
Ferociously funny, bitterly sad, and perfectly paced.
Larry Wolff
Brilliant...Under the Frog is fully a work of dynamic historical imagination. Fischer writes in a comic spirit of funky, horny alienation. —The New York Times Book Review
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fischer's debut novel, about two young men who escape Communist Hungary to live a carefree live of sex and unemployment while being part of a traveling basketball team, was a Booker finalist. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312278717
  • Publisher: Picador
  • Publication date: 11/1/2001
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 632,584
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author


Tibor Fischer was born in Stockport, England, in 1959. He is the author of three novels, Under the Frog (a Booker Prize finalist), The Thought Gang, and The Collector Collector. Don't Read This Book if You're Stupid is his first collection of stories. He lives in London
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2001

    Modern Catch-22

    This book, like all of Fischer's writings, possess a rare quality not often found in today's literature. First of all, they are well written with decent English. The story at first seems quite light and then you are smashed by the reality of communist oppression and its affects on people. Fischer paints a wonderful picture amid a twisting tail. Must read.

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