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The Third Policeman

The Third Policeman

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A masterpiece of black humour from the renown comic and acclaimed author of 'At Swim-Two-Birds' - Flann O'Brien. A thriller, a hilarious comic satire about an archetypal village police force, a surrealistic vision of eternity, the story of a tender, brief, unrequited love affair between a man and his bicycle, and a chilling fable of unending guilt, 'The Third Policeman' is comparable only to 'Alice in Wonderland' as an allegory of the absurd. Distinguished by endless comic invention and its delicate balancing of logic and fantasy, 'The Third Policeman' is unique in the English language.

Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication Date: 16/04/2007 ISBN-13: 9780007247172  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Flann O'Brien was one of the many pseudonyms of Brian O'Nolan, author of the classic novel 'At Swim- Two-Birds' and, under the name Myles na Gopaleen, writer of a celebrated satirical column in the Irish Times which appeared daily for almost thirty years. Highly praised by Samuel Beckett and James Joyce, amongst others, O'Brien is regarded as one of the great comic writers of the twentieth century. He died in 1966.

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Flann O'Brien is perhaps one of the greatest yet sadly overlooked early postmodern authors. This novel was written just after his brilliant At Swim-Two-Birds in 1940 but when his publisher rejected it he created an elaborate story about how it had been lost and it actually wasn't recovered and published until after his death. It is, like all of his works, a darkly comic look at Irish culture, religion, morality and philosophy; a bizarre quest for meaning in a world sadly lacking, displaying an extraordinary imagination and love of the surreal. - Rachel

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 11/03/2011

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