Under The Frog

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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, 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 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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Tibor Fischer was born in London in 1959. His first novel, Under the Frog, won the Betty Trask Award and was a finalist for the Booker Prize. In 1993, he was named by Granta as one of the Best of Young British Novelists. This is his second novel.

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“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

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