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: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0586087494

Category: English fiction

Page: 207

View: 459

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



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:

Category: Fiction

Page: 787

View: 155

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."








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

A Journey is an Hallucination

However, if particular components of the novel are studied further, and in relation to the aftereffects of trauma, O'Brien's work is more realistic and logical than what is fantastically portrayed on the text's surface.

Author: Dina McPherson

Publisher:

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Page: 60

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Flann O'Brien's novel, The Third Policeman, consists of many seemingly unrealistic events, thus sharing similarities with the fantastic piece, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. The events and characters within O'Brien's storyline obtain no source of reason, leading to another wonderland. However, if particular components of the novel are studied further, and in relation to the aftereffects of trauma, O'Brien's work is more realistic and logical than what is fantastically portrayed on the text's surface.


The Problem with Irish Identity

Through the novel he explores the degeneration of the ideals of the literary revival, the cruelty of the nation's early government, and the hypocrisy of the religious conservatism that gripped the early decades of independent Ireland"- ...

Author: Emily Jean Kratzer

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Ireland

Page: 110

View: 574

"Flann O'Brien's The Third Policeman, written in 1940 and published posthumously in 1967, is a satiric allegory for Ireland after the fight for independence and the civil war. O'Brien uses an image of Hell to demonstrate that the Republic of Ireland has fallen away from the ideals and promises of the revolution. Perhaps, like many of his contemporaries, O'Brien felt the stagnation of the republic's development was dooming the citizenry to an eternity ignorant of their glum existence and lost potential. O'Brien uses his allegory to reveal the current state of Ireland after the revolution and civil war in order to enact change in the culture. Through the novel he explores the degeneration of the ideals of the literary revival, the cruelty of the nation's early government, and the hypocrisy of the religious conservatism that gripped the early decades of independent Ireland"--Document.

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: 897

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.

Flann O Brien Bakhtin and Menippean Satire

This work applies Mikhail Bakhtin's theory of literary discourse and the concept of carnivalisation to the work of Flann O'Brien.

Author: M. Keith Booker

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815626657

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

View: 239

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.