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

It is the third theft today and four pumps disappeared on Saturday last. ... The policeman had opened a thick ledger which looked like the half of a longer book which had been sawn in two to fit the narrow table.

Author: Brian O'Nolan

Publisher: DigiCat


Category: Fiction

Page: 202

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DigiCat Publishing presents to you this special edition of "The Third Policeman" by Brian O'Nolan. DigiCat Publishing considers every written word to be a legacy of humankind. Every DigiCat book has been carefully reproduced for republishing in a new modern format. The books are available in print, as well as ebooks. DigiCat hopes you will treat this work with the acknowledgment and passion it deserves as a classic of world literature.

The absurd in literature

Indeed, the latter's '“A Thousand Other Mysteries”: Metaphysical Detection, Ontological Quest' (179–98) highlights The Third Policeman in this regard (179; 189–90). 39 Hopper, 92 and passim. See, for instance TP, 58: Policeman ...

Author: Neil Cornwell

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 1847796575

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 368

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Neil Cornwell's study, while endeavouring to present an historical survey of absurdist literature and its forbears, does not aspire to being an exhaustive history of absurdism. Rather, it pauses on certain historical moments, artistic movements, literary figures and selected works, before moving on to discuss four key writers: Daniil Kharms, Franz Kafka, Samuel Beckett and Flann O'Brien. The absurd in literature will be of compelling interest to a considerable range of students of comparative, European (including Russian and Central European) and English literatures (British Isles and American) – as well as those more concerned with theatre studies, the avant-garde and the history of ideas (including humour theory). It should also have a wide appeal to the enthusiastic general reader.

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


ISBN: 9780246122742

Category: English fiction

Page: 200

View: 339

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

Flann O Brien Bakhtin and Menippean Satire

( Across 114 ) In short , if the landscape of The Third Policeman appears to violate many of the precepts of conventional logic , then so does the real world , especially as described in modern scientific constructions like relativity ...

Author: M. Keith Booker

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815626657

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

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This work applies Mikhail Bakhtin's theory of literary discourse and the concept of carnivalisation to the work of Flann O'Brien. The author emphasizes the political and social implications of the writings, arguing that O'Brien maintained a reflexive focus on language throughout his career.

The Cambridge Companion to the Irish Novel

The Third Policeman The Third Policeman also functions in certain respects as an anti-novel and post-modern text. A rum tale of envy, greed, murder and punishment, the book offers an unreliable narrator of a very special kind.

Author: John Wilson Foster

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 113982788X

Category: Literary Criticism


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The Irish novel has had a distinguished history. It spans such diverse authors as James Joyce, George Moore, Maria Edgeworth, Bram Stoker, Flann O'Brien, Samuel Beckett, Lady Morgan, John Banville, and others. Yet it has until now received less critical attention than Irish poetry and drama. This volume covers three hundred years of Irish achievement in fiction, with essays on key genres, themes, and authors. It provides critiques of individual works, accounts of important novelists, and histories of sub-genres and allied narrative forms, establishing significant social and political contexts for dozens of novels. The varied perspectives and emphases by more than a dozen critics and literary historians ensure that the Irish novel receives due tribute for its colour, variety and linguistic verve. Each chapter features recommended further reading. This is the perfect overview for students of the Irish novel from the romances of the seventeenth century to the present day.

An Anatomy of Literary Nonsense

As has been demonstrated by Lanters ( 1987 ) , O'Brien uses nonsense devices , especially word - play , in many of his satirical pieces he wrote for the Irish Times , but his only truly nonsensical work is his novel The Third Policeman ...

Author: Wim Tigges

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9789051830194

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 314

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Sub versions

Narrative disruption A similar disruptive pattern can be found at the narrative level of At Swim-Two-Birds and The Third Policeman where digressive plots and meta-narrative comments constantly break linearity (a pattern that is also ...

Author: Ciaran Ross

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042028289

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 299

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From Swift's repulsive shit-flinging Yahoos to Beckett's dying but never quite dead moribunds, Irish literature has long been perceived as being synonymous with subversion and all forms of subversiveness. But what constitutes a subversive text or a subversive writer in twenty-first-century Ireland? The essays in this volume set out to redefine and rethink the subversive potential of modern Irish literature. Crossing three central genres, one common denominator running through these essays whether dealing with canonical writers like Yeats, Beckett and Flann O'Brien, or lesser known contemporary writers like Sebastian Barry or Robert McLiam Wilson, is the continual questioning of Irish identity – Irishness – going from its colonial paradigm and stereotype of the subaltern in MacGill, to its uneasy implications for gender representation in the contemporary novel and the contemporary drama. A subsidiary theme inextricably linked to the identity problematic is that of exile and its radical heritage for all Irish writing irrespective of its different genres. Sub-Versions offers a cross-cultural and trans-national response to the expanding interest in Irish and postcolonial studies by bringing together specialists from different national cultures and scholarly contexts – Ireland, Britain, France and Central Europe. The order of the essays is by genre.This study is aimed both at the general literary reader and anyone particularly interested in Irish Studies.

The Third Policeman

‘Wonderful. The Third Policeman is a great masterpiece of black humour.’ George Mackay Brown

Author: Flann O'Brien


ISBN: 9780007115211

Category: Murderers

Page: 228

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The apostle Paul has been justifiably described as the first and greatest Christian theologian. His letters were among the earliest documents to be included in the New Testament and, as such, they shaped Christian thinking from the beginning. As a missionary, theologian and pastor Paul's own wrestling with theological and ethical questions of his day is paradigmatic for Christian theology, not least for Christianity's own identity and continuing relationship with Judaism. The Cambridge Companion to St Paul provides an important assessment of this apostle and a fresh appreciation of his continuing significance today. With eighteen chapters written by a team of leading international specialists on Paul, the Companion provides a sympathetic and critical overview of the apostle, covering his life and work, his letters and his theology. The volume will provide an invaluable starting point and helpful cross check for subsequent studies.