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Nov 7: Fort Hood massacre; “Good To Be God”, by Tibor Fischer
Nov 7th, 2009 by Sam

Segment 1

Fort Hood massacre. Florida massacre. The Dr. Tiller killing. Terrorism? Alienation? Religious? Hopelessness? What do they have in common? What is different? With unemployment is such bad shape, will there be more of these?

Segment 2

What does it mean to be good? And, should it be encouraged? Or, does that make it a career move, something you do like file your taxes or wash your hands in a public restroom? British novelist Tibor Fischer talks about his new novel “Good to Be God.” Yup, it’s about a guy pretending to be God, a British guy no less, in Miami. Who is trying very hard to be good. From a review in the Guardian:  ”When was the last time you saw hardened drinkers pass around a novel that asks some big philosophical questions?”

Podcast

Jul 11: 20th Anniversary of fall of communism
Jul 11th, 2009 by Sam

  • Hungarian-British novelist Tibor Fischer on the 20th anniversary on events in Hungary leading to fall of  Communism

About his novel:

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Under the Frog follows the adventures of two young Hungarian basketball players through the turbulent years between the end of World War II and the anti-Soviet uprising 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.

Reviews:

“Ferociously funny, bitterly sad, and perfectly paced.” —A.S. Byatt

“A delicate, seriocomic treasure.”—Salman Rushdie

“An audacious act of creativity….Of all the young novelists working today, Tibor Fischer may be the most adept at taking chances in his work.” —The Nation

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  • Sam on global business
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