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Under the Frog

Under the Frog

Author(s): Tibor Fischer

Location(s): Hungary

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Mid 20th Century



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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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 )

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

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Entries close 6th November 2021