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Under the Frog: A Black Comedy [Paperback]

Tibor Fischer
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Jan. 20 1998
Tibor Fischer's hilarious first novel follows the adventures of two young Hungarian basketball players through the turbulent years between the end of World War II and the revolution 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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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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Tibor Fischer's hilarious first novel follows the adventures of two young Hungarian basketball players through the turbulent years between the end of World War II and the revolution 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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A briliantly written, delicately scatological tale of growing up in the hazy world of tyranny. To the young men of this novel - players on a traveling basketball team in Hungary in the 1950s - life can be broken down into two important quests:
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.
-Dan Koi
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant, haunting, truly memorable book. Feb. 12 2002
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Under the Frog is a novel about the oppression and evils of totalitarianism.
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.
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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.) The story, spanning world war II through the 1956 uprising is similar in that fashion. My family has lived through and can appreciate what the author writes about. But would those with no intimate knowledge about this period of time do the same?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully poignant and truly Hungarian book April 14 2001
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While the author, Tibor Fischer, was born in England, and only spent a brief period living in Hungary during the 1980's, he manages to capture the essence of Hungarians in his darkly comical novel about young, restless basketball players. The over-the-top actions of the narrator and his friends reflect the restrictive nature of Communist Hungary. Building up to the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, the book stays away from dry history and focuses on the more human aspects of being young. The title, "Under the Frog" is part of a colorful idiomatic Hungarian metaphor used in the book, and brings attention to the uniquely Hungarian nature of this work. It is a pleasant read, and is definitely not just for those of Hungarian origin or for those who like basketball.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The truth will out Feb. 12 2001
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A group of adolescent professional basketball players in soviet-controlled Hungary at the end of World War II. The pranks they play are different from what we expect nowadays. They are directed against the totalitarian regime, the all-encompassing graft, the lack of freedom. Some of these boys were soldiers towards the end of the war, first killing Russians, then killing Germans. There are no surprises left for them except freedom. Rather be a street sweeper in London than a big shot in Hungary. Is this book funny? Yes - with the blackest humor you are likely to see in a long time. Is it a satire? No - Every last sentence is the absolute truth, exactly as it happened so many years ago. I strongly suspect that this is the author's autobiography. He was there and has lived through it all.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars grabs you by the balls and forces you to read Jan. 23 2001
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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 good for killing household pests, if you get the hardbound edition.
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