The Third Policeman

A Novel

Author: Flann O'Brien

Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press

ISBN: 9781564782144

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

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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.

The Third Policeman

Author: Flann O'Brien

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007247176

Category: Murder

Page: 221

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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.

The Hard Life

An Exegesis of Squalor

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.

At Swim-two-birds

Author: Flann O'Brien

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141956372

Category: Fiction

Page: 216

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Flann O'Brien's first novel is a brilliant impressionistic jumble of ideas, mythology and nonsense. Operating on many levels it incorporates plots within plots, giving full rein to O'Brien's dancing intellect and Celtic wit. The undergraduate narrator lives with his uncle in Dublin, drinks too much with his friends and invents stories peopled with hilarious and unlikely characters, one of whom, in a typical O'Brien conundrum, creates a means by which women can give birth to full-grown people. Flann O'Brien's blend of farce, satire and fantasy result in a remarkable, astonishingly innovative book.

The Complete Novels

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."

Flann O'Brien

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Post-modernist

Author: Keith Hopper

Publisher: N.A

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

A Bad Story about the Hard Life

Author: Flann O'Brien,Patrick C. Power

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 Dalkey Archive

Author: Flann O'Brien

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007247192

Category: Ireland

Page: 192

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A riotous depiction of the extraordinary events surrounding theologian and mad scientist De Selby's attempt to destroy the world by removing all the oxygen from the atmosphere. Only Michael Shaughnessy and James Joyce can stop the inimitable De Selby in his tracks.

The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty

Author: Sebastian Barry

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 110166648X

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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Hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as "the finest book to come out of Europe this year," The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty is acclaimed Irish playwright Sebastian Barry's lyrical tale of a fugitive everyman. Sebastian Barry's latest novel, Days Without End, is now available. For Eneas McNulty, a happy, innocent childhood in County Sligo in the early 1900s gives way to an Ireland wracked by violence and conflict. Unable to find work in the depressed times after World War I, Eneas joins the British-led police force, the Royal Irish Constabulary—a decision that alters the course of his life. Branded a traitor by Irish nationalists and pursued by IRA hitmen, Eneas is forced to flee his homeland, his family, and Viv, the woman he loves. His wandering terminates on the Isle of Dogs, a haven for sailors, where a lifetime of loss is redeemed by a final act of generosity. The Whereabouts of Eneas McNulty is the story of a lost man and a compelling saga that illuminates Ireland's complex history.

Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits

Author: Laila Lalami

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780156030878

Category: Fiction

Page: 188

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Set in modern-day Morocco, the story of four vastly different Moroccans who illegally cross the Strait of Gibraltar in an inflatable boat headed for Spain chronicles the circumstances that drive them to risk their lives and the rewards that may or may not prove to be worth the danger. Reprint.

Flann O'Brien & Modernism

Author: Julian Murphet,Ronan McDonald,Sascha Morrell

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1623564425

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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Flann O'Brien & Modernism brings a much-needed refreshment to the state of scholarship on this increasingly recognised but still widely misunderstood 'second generation' modernist. Rather than construe him as a postmodernist, it correctly locates O'Brien's work as the product of a late modernist sensibility and cultural context. Similarly, while there should be no doubt of his Irishness, and his profound debts to Irish language, history and culture, this collection seeks to understand O'Brien's nationally sensitive achievement as the work of an internationalist whose preoccupations reflect global modernist trends. The distinct themes and concerns tracked in Flann O'Brien & Modernism include characterization in branching narrative forms; the ethics and paradoxes of naming; parody and homage; lies and deception; theatricality; sexuality; technology and transport; and the inevitable matter of drink and intoxication. Taken together, these specific topics construct a mosaic image of O'Brien as an exemplary modernist auteur, abreast of all the most salient philosophical and technical concerns affecting literary production in the period immediately before and after World War Two.

The Dirty Dust / Cr Na Cille

Author: Mirtn Cadhain,Maairtain Ao Cadhain

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300198493

Category: Fiction

Page: 328

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In an Irish graveyard, the corpses are distracted by local jealousies and petty disputes assuming global importance. Their banter is full of news of above-ground happenings, received from the recently arrived. As we listen in on the gossip, rumors, backbiting, complaining, and obsessing of the local community, we learn that in the afterlife the same old life goes on beneath the sod.

The Letter Bearer

A Novel

Author: Robert Allison

Publisher: Counterpoint

ISBN: 1619027542

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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The Rider has no memory of who he is, where he is, or how he came to be lying—dying— in the brutal heat of the North African desert. Rescued by a band of deserters, the Rider begins to piece together his identity, based on shards of recollection and the letters in his mailbag. The Letter Bearer is unlike any other novel of World War Two. In the midst of profound trauma, terrible warfare, and the nameless experience of desertion, this gripping story asks us to consider how men build hope when they have nothing left—not even a name. When first published last year in London, Robert Allison’s debut novel was met with wide praise and was nominated for the Desmond Elliott Prize, described by one of its judges as “'An excellent and elegant novel written with patience and authority . . .” Readers of Michael Ondaatje and Paul Bowles will find the landscape familiar, but no reader will ever forget the haunting and haunted story of this remarkable victim.

The Best of Myles

Author: Flann O'Brien

Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press

ISBN: 9781564782151

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

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"The best comic writer I can think of." S.J. Perelman

The Absurd in Literature

Author: Neil Cornwell

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 9780719074103

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 354

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Neil Cornwell presents a study of the absurd, covering fiction and theatre. He includes sections on the antecedents, history, and theory of the absurd, which are complimented by case studies of four authors. He concludes by examining how it has infiltrated the 21st century in television, radio, film and advertising.

Further Cuttings

From Cruiskeen Lawn

Author: Flann O'Brien,Kevin O'Nolan

Publisher: Commonwealth Secretariat

ISBN: 9781564782410

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 189

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When The Best of Myles was published in 1968, it was hailed (by S. J. Perelman among others) as one of the supreme comic achievements of the English language. Now, in response to the clamorous demands of men of science and the arts, men of steam, of straw and of the law, comes Further Cuttings from Cruiskeen Lawn. Flann O'Brien adopted the name "Myles na Gopaleen" for the hilarious Cruiskeen Lawn column which he wrote for The Irish Times from 1940-1966. Whereas The Best of Myles covered the first five years of the column's life, this companion edition covers the period from 1947-1957. Here can be found the true transcripts of Myles's clashes with the law courts on charges of larceny, currency offenses, marrying without the consent of his parents, gang warfare, and using bad language; here too are bizarre obituaries, bores, banalities, jovialities and immoralities, and the return of the preposterous Brother. Also included is the first-ever Myles article.

Flann O'Brien

Contesting Legacies

Author: Ruben Borg,Paul Fagan,Werner Huber

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781782050766

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 296

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Employing a wide range of critical perspectives and new comparative contexts, Flann O'Brien: Contesting Legacies breaks new ground in Brian O'Nolan scholarship (he wrote his novels under the name of Flann O'Brien) by testing a number of popular commonplaces about this Irish (post-) Modernist author. Challenging the narrative that Flann O'Brien wrote two good novels and then retired to the inferior medium of journalism (as Myles na gCopaleen), the collection engages with overlooked shorter, theatrical, and non-fiction works and columns ('John Duffy's Brother', 'The Martyr's Crown', 'Two in One') alongside At Swim-Two-Birds, The Third Policeman, and An Béal Bocht. The depth and consistency of O'Nolan's comic inspiration that emerges from this scholarly engagement with his broader body of work underlines both the imperative and opportunity of reassessing O'Brien's literary legacy. Finally, the contributors excavate O'Nolan's oeuvre as fertile territory for a broad range of critical perspectives by confronting some of the more complex ideological positions tested in his writing. Employing perspectives from genetic criticism and cultural materialism to post-modernism and deconstruction, the essays gathered in this volume address with new critical rigor the author's gender politics, his language politics, his parodies of nationalism, his ideology of science, and his treatment of the theme of justice.

The Magician of Vienna

Author: Sergio Pitol

Publisher: Deep Vellum Publishing

ISBN: 1941920497

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 304

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The heartbreaking final volume in Sergio Pitol's groundbreaking memoir-essay-fiction-hybrid Trilogy of Memory, which won him the prestigious Cervantes Prize, finds Pitol boldly and passionately weaving fiction and autobiography together to tell of his life lived through the written word as a way to stave off the advancement of a degenerative neurological condition causing him to lose the use of language.