Tibor Fischer's first novel is both a spirited indictment of totalitarianism and a hugely enjoyable coming-of-age journey.

Under the Frog follows the misadventures of two young Hungarian basketball players through the turbulent years between the end of World War II and the anti-Soviet uprising of 1956. The book recounts the escapades of the two improbable heroes, Pataki and Gyuri, as they travel the length and breadth of Hungary in an epic quest for food, lodging and female companionship.

Shortlisted
The Booker Prize 1993
Published by
Polygon Books
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Tibor Fischer

Tibor Fischer

About the Author

Tibor Fischer was born in Stockport in 1959 of Hungarian parents. He was once nominated as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists.
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