Under the Frog

"Under the Frog" is the name of a powerful book Agi and I both just read.  The cover describes it as a "black comedy."  The author (Tibor Fischer) was born in Britain to Hungarian parents who escaped from the Russians in the big Hungarian Revolution of 1956.  He's essentially a British guy but did live in Budapest for two years as a journalist right before the Wall fell and published this book three years later.

He's also one of the most talented writers I've ever read and you could say his sense of humor is devastating--kind of like Kurt Vonnegut.  Agi heard me laughing out loud all the time as I went through it.  I probably wouldn't have loved the book as much if I hadn't lived here but I'd recommend it nonetheless.  It was shortlisted for the Man-Booker prize (the top British and Commonwealth book) back in 1993.

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