Under the Frog: A Black Comedy Paperback – Jan 20 1998
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From Publishers 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.
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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--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition. See all Product Description
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1) The quest to subvert as many of the rules of a Communist state as possible.
2)The quest to get laid.
A very, very funny and sad and fascinatnig novel.
The book tracks the exploits of Pataki and Gyuri, members of Hungary's elite National Basketball team from the end of WW II to and through the Hungarian Uprising against the Soviet Union in the mid 1950's.
Ostensibly railway workers, the team travels the country, usually buck naked, in a specially constructed rail car, playing basketball, chasing girls and generally avoiding anything that looks like work while desperately striving to maintain their team membership, the only thing that keeps them from experiencing first hand the blight and depression that marks the plight of the common man in post war Hungary.
Biting, satirical, often hysterically funny, the book nevertheless searingly conveys the sense of deprivation and repression that gave rise to the uprising as well as the brutality and viciousness with which it was put down.
Fischer's international reputation was built on this novel, and deservedly so. It was one of the great novels of the Cold War era.
A brilliant, haunting, truly memorable book.
In many ways, it is a very disturbing book. It shows that just a few people with machine guns can - and will - rule a whole country. It is a lesson to be remembered. Even when freedom finally comes, it only lasts a few days. Soviet tanks roll right over it.
Read it, think about it, remember it.
Most recent customer reviews
After falling head-over-heels in love with Fischer's "The Thought Gang", with its inept band of philosopher thieves, and having mixed feelings for his "The Collector... Read morePublished on Sept. 24 2001 by Mike Stone
Let's start with the title: 'Under the Frog' (or, in Hungarian 'A beka segge alat') may be totally meaningless to those who have no knowledge of the Hungarian language. Read morePublished on June 18 2001
Tibor Fischer (not to be confused with Tibor Kalman) is a horse-fellating genius. This book, while certainly no Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, is wonderful bedside reading, and is... Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2001 by Moe Hong
A brilliant debut novel which, to coin a cliche, will make you laugh hysterically before making yoiu weep uncontrollably. Read morePublished on May 25 2000
One of the most stunning debuts ever, I think. For the last three years, I must have read this book at least three or four times - every year! Read morePublished on Nov. 30 1998