The Third Policeman

The Third Policeman follows a narrator who is obsessed with the work of a scientist and philosopher named de Selby (who believes that Earth is not round but sausage-shaped)—and has finally completed what he believes is the definitive text ...

Author: Flann O'Brien

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504059646

Category: Fiction

Page: 212

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One man wants to publish, so another must perish, in this darkly witty philosophical novel by “a spectacularly gifted comic writer” (Newsweek). The Third Policeman follows a narrator who is obsessed with the work of a scientist and philosopher named de Selby (who believes that Earth is not round but sausage-shaped)—and has finally completed what he believes is the definitive text on the subject. But, broke and desperate for money to get his scholarly masterpiece published, he winds up committing robbery—and murder. From here, this remarkably imaginative dark comedy proceeds into a world of riddles, contradictions, and questions about the nature of eternity as our narrator meets some policemen with an obsession of their own (specifically, bicycles), and engages in an extended conversation with his dead victim—and his own soul, which he nicknames Joe. By the celebrated Irish author praised by James Joyce as “a real writer, with the true comic spirit,” The Third Policeman is an incomparable work of fiction. “’Tis the odd joke of modern Irish literature—of the three novelists in its holy trinity, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and Flann O’Brien, the easiest and most accessible of the lot is O’Brien. . . . Flann O’Brien was too much his own man, Ireland’s man, to speak in any but his own tongue.” —The Washington Post

The Third Policeman

With the publication of The Third Policeman, Dalkey Archive Press now has all of O'Brien's fiction back in print.

Author: Flann O'Brien

Publisher: Pan

ISBN: 9780330241588

Category: English fiction

Page: 172

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With the publication of The Third Policeman, Dalkey Archive Press now has all of O'Brien's fiction back in print.



About a Bicycle

An illustrated introduction to Flann O'Brien's famous tale of hell

Author: Lindsay Arnold

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780648751625

Category:

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An illustrated introduction to Flann O'Brien's famous tale of hell



Flann O Brien

Flann OBriens The Third Policeman, completed in 1940, was initially rejected by his publishers for being "too fantastic," and only appeared posthumously in 1967.

Author: Keith Hopper

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781859184875

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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Flann OBriens The Third Policeman, completed in 1940, was initially rejected by his publishers for being "too fantastic," and only appeared posthumously in 1967. Since then OBrien has achieved cult status, although critical appraisal of his work has focused almost exclusively on his first novel, At Swim Two Birds (1939). By 1940 OBrien was confronted with two towering traditions: the jaded legacy of Yeatss Celtic Twilight and the problematic complexities of Joyces modernism. With The Third Policeman, OBrien forges a powerful synthesis between these two traditions, and the paraliterary path he chooses marks the historical transition from modernism to post-modernism. This groundbreaking study, first published in 1995 and now substantially revised, reconfigures OBrien as a highly subversive writer within a rich and fertile literary landscape: indisputably Irish yet distinctly post-modern. It identifies The Third Policeman as a subversive

The Poor Mouth

"O'Brien was one of the comic geniuses of the 20th century . . . The Poor Mouth is wildly funny and Steadman's drawings catch the spirit." Boston Globe

Author: Flann O'Brien

Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press

ISBN: 9781564780911

Category: Fiction

Page: 128

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"O'Brien was one of the comic geniuses of the 20th century . . . The Poor Mouth is wildly funny and Steadman's drawings catch the spirit." Boston Globe


The Various Lives of Keats and Chapman

A collection of humorous vignettes by the late author of At Swim-Two Birds, culled from his Irish Times columns, includes The Brother, a tale of an opinionated Dublin male archetype. 15,000 first printing.

Author: Flann O'Brien

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0312329075

Category: Fiction

Page: 166

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A collection of humorous vignettes by the late author of At Swim-Two Birds, culled from his Irish Times columns, includes The Brother, a tale of an opinionated Dublin male archetype. 15,000 first printing.

The Complete Novels

A compilation of five novels by one of the leading novelists of modern Irish literature features such works as "At Swim-Two-Birds," "The Third Policeman," and "The Poor Mouth."

Author: Flann O'Brien

Publisher: Everyman's Library

ISBN: 0307267490

Category: Fiction

Page: 787

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A compilation of five novels by one of the leading novelists of modern Irish literature features such works as "At Swim-Two-Birds," "The Third Policeman," and "The Poor Mouth."


The Hard Life

A comic look at Irish life.

Author: Flann O'Brien

Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press

ISBN: 9781564781413

Category: Fiction

Page: 179

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A comic look at Irish life. The narrator is Finbarr, an orphan raised amid the odor of good whisky and bad cooking. With a mixture of admiration and unease he watches his brother, Manus, turn into a young man of business, successful enough to move to England.

The Collected Letters of Flann O Brien

An unprecedented gathering of the correspondence of one of the great writers of the twentieth century, The collected letters of Flann O'Brien presents an intimate look into the life and thought of Brian O'Nolan, a prolific author of novels, ...

Author: Flann O'Brien

Publisher: Irish Literature

ISBN: 9781628971835

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

View: 639

An unprecedented gathering of the correspondence of one of the great writers of twentieth century, the Collected Letters of Flann O'Brien presents an intimate look into the life and thought of Brian O'Nolan, a prolific author of novels, stories, sketches, and journalism who famously wrote and presented works to the reading public under a variety of pseudonyms. Spanning the years 1934 to 1966, these compulsively readable letters show us O'Nolan, or O'Brien, or Myles Na gCopaleen--or whatever his name may be--at his most cantankerous and most intimate.

Assembling Flann O Brien

The book presents new theoretical perspectives on his works, exploring his compelling engagements with questions of the proper name, the archive, law, and desire, and the problems of identity, language, sexuality and censorship which ...

Author: Maebh Long

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1441113355

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 159

Flann O'Brien - also known as Brian O'Nolan or Myles na gCopaleen - is now widely recognised as one of the foremost of Ireland's modern authors. Assembling Flann O'Brien explores the author's innovative and experimental work by reading him in relation to some of the 20th century's most important theorists, including Derrida, Agamben, Freud, Lacan and Žižek. Assembling Flann O'Brien offers a detailed study of O'Brien's five major novels – including At Swim-Two-Birds and The Third Policeman – as well as his plays, short stories, journalistic output and unpublished archival material. The book presents new theoretical perspectives on his works, exploring his compelling engagements with questions of the proper name, the archive, law, and desire, and the problems of identity, language, sexuality and censorship which acutely troubled Ireland's new state. Combining a wide range of contemporary theory with a sensitivity to the cultural and political context in which the author wrote, Maebh Long opens up entirely new aspects of Flann O'Brien's writings, and explores the ingenious and the problematic within his oeuvre.

Encyclopedia of the Novel

Perhaps the greater novel is The Third Policeman. The book was rejected by
Longmans, which seriously damaged O'Brien's confidence. Equally zany and
extravagant ( “Is it about a bicycleP”), The Third Policeman's wit is more
disciplined ...

Author: Paul Schellinger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135918260

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 838

View: 421

First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Hemingway Deadlights

as a third policeman stepped over the first, shouting some- thing in Spanish
about a search warrant, but not holding one, and about Hemingway going quietly
with them, por favor! Until Hemingway grabbed him by the front of his collar as ...

Author: Michael Atkinson

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 9781429990998

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 389

A witty, literate, and action-filled debut, Hemingway Deadlights catches the famed author in his later years, battling to solve the injustices in a flawed world. It is 1956 and Hemingway has spent much of the year at his home in Key West, hiding from tourists and autograph hunters. But a friend's sudden death rouses Papa from his idyll. To say that the cause of death is suspicious is to put it lightly. It's not every day that a part-time smuggler is impaled on a harpoon. "Neatly captures the personality and uproarious lifestyle of an American literary icon. ... A mystery sure to please Hemingway aficionados." - Publishers Weekly


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"Wit, humor, satire, the exact fall of a Dublin syllable, the ear for the local turn, the flight of fancy that can spin into a Dublin joke or a Limerick limerick all these are his." The New York Times

Author: Flann O'Brien

Publisher: Commonwealth Secretariat

ISBN: 9781564781727

Category: Fiction

Page: 204

View: 969

"Wit, humor, satire, the exact fall of a Dublin syllable, the ear for the local turn, the flight of fancy that can spin into a Dublin joke or a Limerick limerick all these are his." The New York Times