Tibor Fischer (born 15 November 1959) is a British novelist and short story writer. In 1993, he was selected by the influential literary magazine Granta as one of the 20 best young British writers and his novel Under the Frog featured on the Booker Prize shortlist.
Life and career
Fischer was born in Stockport, England. His parents were Hungarian basketball players, who fled Hungary in 1956. He studied French and Latin at Peterhouse, Cambridge. The bloody 1956 revolution, and his father's background, informed Fischer's debut novel Under the Frog, a Rabelaisian yarn about a Hungarian basketball player surviving Communism. The title is derived from a Hungarian saying, that the worst possible place to be is under a frog's arse down a coal mine.
Fischer's subsequent novels have often featured dysfunctional central characters who eventually manage to achieve some kind of redemption. They include The Thought Gang, about a delinquent and alcoholic philosophy professor who hooks up with a failed one-armed bandit in France to form a successful team of bank robbers, and The Collector Collector, about a weekend in South London, narrated by a 5000-year-old Sumerian pot.
Fischer's novel, Voyage to the End of the Room was published in 2003, and concerned an agoraphobic ex-dancer.
His next novel, Good to be God was published by Alma Books on 4 September 2008. In it a broke, unemployed habitual failure uses his friend's credit card to start a new life in Florida, and decides that the fastest way to make a fortune would be to become a deity.
Fischer has also published a book of short stories, Don't Read This Book If You're Stupid (published in the U.S. as I Like Being Killed: Stories).
Fischer is represented by Louise Greenberg Books Ltd.
Recently, he has involved himself in the ongoing political debates in Hungary. Thanks to an opinion piece that appeared in The Guardian on 21 April 2017, he is generally viewed[by whom?] as an apologist for Viktor Orbán, Hungary's avowedly illiberal prime minister.
- Under the Frog (1992)
- The Thought Gang (1994)
- The Collector Collector (1997)
- Voyage to the End of the Room (2003)
- Good to be God (2008)
- Don't Read This Book If You're Stupid (2000) (US title I Like Being Killed)
- Crushed Mexican Spiders (2011)
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