Under the Frog
Set in post-war Hungary between 1944 and 1956, this ferociously funny and bitterly sad story follows the fortunes of two young men in the pursuit of sex and the avoidance of work and army service. They survive the chaos of communism by becoming part of a travelling basketball team.
A tragicomic picaresque about two basketball players travelling through war-torn Hungary in pursuit of food, sex and adventure.
"I began Under the Frog on a crowded double decker in a London traffic jam...and soon found myself laughing like an idiot... It is a triumph...painfully moving, it is also uproariously funny" Guardian "A remarkable first novel" Daily Telegraph "Original and impressive... Sharp, funny and moving" Independent "A quite wonderful book... He takes a serious subject...and is seriously funny about it...the result is plausible, insolent, sophisticated and hungry... Glorious!" -- Michael Hoffman "A funny, slangy, tragic, impeccably researched romp... A richly convincing line-up of skivers, copulators, opportunists and, above all, survivors in the face of oppression" Independent on Sunday
Tibor Fischer was born in Stockport in 1959. Brought up in London, where he now lives, he was educated at Cambridge and worked as a journalist. He has won the Betty Trask Award, been short-listed for the Booker, and been nominated one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists. Since Under the Frog, his debut, he has published four novels and two collections of short stories, including Don't Read This Book If You're Stupid.