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Flann O'brien - Author

About the Author

Flann O’Brien was the pseudonym of Brian O'Nolan (5 October 1911 – 1 April 1966). He was an Irish novelist and satirist, best known for his novels At Swim-Two-Birds and The Third Policeman. He also wrote many humorous columns in the Irish Times under the name Myles na gCopaleen.

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The Best of Myles

The Best of Myles

Author: Flann O'brien Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2020

The Best of Myles brings together the best of Flann O'Brien's newspaper column Cruiskeen Lawn, written over a nearly thirty-year period. Covering such subjects as plumbers, the justice system, and improbable inventions, O'Brien (whose real name was Brian O'Nolan, though his newspaper pseudonym was Myles na Gopaleen) is replete with zany humor and biting satire directed at the Irish and their preoccupations. Most of all, however, The Best of Myles displays O'Brien's unique mastery of language and style.

El consumo de patata en Irlanda

El consumo de patata en Irlanda

Author: Flann O'brien Format: eBook Release Date: 16/07/2018

Pocos autores en la literatura del siglo xx han despertado tantas pasiones como el irlandes Flann O'Brien. Desde Borges y Joyce a Vila-Matas y Sergio Pitol la lista es innumerable. Su calidad literaria y su sentido del humor hacen de sus novelas piezas inolvidables. Reunimos en este volumen sus tres novelas cortas ms brillantes: La boca pobre, La vida dura y La saga del sag Tres obras que tienen como protagonistas a Irlanda y los irlandeses. Edna O'Brien dijo de l: "e;Pienso que junto con Joyce y Beckett constituye nuestra trinidad de los grandes escritores irlandeses, pero es ms cercano y divertido"e;.

Short Fiction of Flann O'Brien

Short Fiction of Flann O'Brien

Author: Flann O'brien Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/08/2013

This riotous collection at last gathers together an expansive selection of Flann O'Brien's shorter fiction in a single volume, as well as O'Brien's last and unfinished novel, Slattery's Sago Saga. Also included are new translations of several stories originally published in Irish, and other rare pieces. With some of these stories appearing here in book form for the very first time, and others previously unavailable for decades, Short Fiction is a welcome gift for every Flann O'Brien fan worldwide.

La vida dura

La vida dura

Author: Flann O'brien Format: eBook Release Date: 10/02/2013

A la casa del senor Collopy llegan dos ninos huerfanos. Mientras el senor Collopy se dedica a una misteriosa y humanitaria labor en favor de las mujeres, los chicos crecen entre los aromas del buen whisky y de la mala cocina. Manus, el hermano, pronto demuestra ser un maestro en los negocios. De ensenar por correspondencia como caminar sobre la cuerda floja en el Dublin eduardiano, pasa a instruir a la poblacion y al mundo de forma mas ambiciosa en su Academia Universal Londres Finbarr, el menor, observa y espera. Una ligera enfermedad hace que el senor Collopy tome un medicamento preparado por Manus, pero sus efectos resultan ser inesperadamente gravosos. En compania de un amigo, el senor Collopy emprende un viaje a Roma en busca de alivio. Las secuelas, sin embargo, echan por tierra sus aspiraciones...

La boca pobre

La boca pobre

Author: Flann O'brien Format: eBook Release Date: 10/02/2013

La boca pobre, segunda novela que escribio Flann O'Brien, es la mas divertida de las obras de este maravilloso autor irlandes. Fue publicada en gaelico en 1941 y en 1964 se tradujo al ingles. Para esta edicion el texto ha sido traducido del gaelico. La novela es una crtica de la situacin en la que se encontraba la poblacin rural irlandesa a mediados del siglo xx. Trata sobre la identidad, real o impostada, y el ttulo de La boca pobre alude a una expresin galica que hace referencia a cargar las tintas sobre la pobreza y las penurias que se padecen, con objeto de obtener compasin y lstima, y los beneficios que estas reportan. Aqu todos buscan ser lo que no son. La stira fue siempre un elemento muy presente en la tradicin galica, desde la poesa medieval al esplndido y dieciochesco Tribunal de la medianoche. Flann O'Brien lo saba y contribuy al gnero con esta estupenda novela.

Myles Before Myles

Myles Before Myles

Author: Flann O'brien Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2012

Myles Before Myles is a wonderfully funny selection of writings from the pen of Brian O'Nolan (aka Flann O'Brien, Myles na Gopaleen, George Knowall). In this fun-filled extravaganza he is, above all, an entertainer, a 'gas man'. Like much of O'Nolan's most entertaining work, the pieces in this did not originally appear in book form, but in periodicals and newspapers now almost impossible to find. Myles Before Myles reveals that some of his wittiest and most unusual were published years before Myles na Gopaleen (or Flann O'Brien) had even been born, and were destined to lie in almost complete obscurity for many decades. Flann O'Brien is a cult hero whose comic genius has been praised by anyone who is anyone - from James Joyce to Graham Greene, Dylan Thomas to Anthony Burgess, Bendan Behan to S.J.Perelman. Old addicts (lucky enough to have discovered Flann in previous hilarious guises) will rejoice at the rediscovery of lost laughter and new readers will revel in one of the funniest writers in any language. Here is a feast for them all: a book full of the joys of Myles as student, as blatherer, as romancer, as Irishman, as poet - as Myles! With a penetrating introduction from compiler, John Wyse Jackson, Myles Before Myles (out of print for some twenty years) is a brilliant addition to the O'Brien canon.

Myles Away from Dublin

Myles Away from Dublin

Author: Flann O'brien Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2012

Flann O'Brien (Brian O'Nolan, aka Myles na Gopaleen) adopted not only a new name (George Knowall) for these rarely seen pieces, but also a new persona. Writing his column Bones of Contention for the Nationalist and Leinster Times , he took on the character of the quizzical and enquiring humorist who might be found in a respectable public house in Carlow: erudite, urbane and informative, he is the country cousin of the Myles of Dublin, yet still a facet of the complex character who wrote The Third Policeman and At Swim-Two-Birds . His delight in words, his uncanny ability to see through humbug, are unparalleled. Writers as disparate as James Joyce, Dylan Thomas, Graham Greene and Anthony Burgess have marvelled at his talent. New readers will discover that he is one of the funniest writers in any language, at any time. Brian O'Nolan, who also wrote under the pen names of Flann O'Brien and Myles na Gopaleen, was born in 1911 in Co Tyrone. A resident of Dublin, he graduated from University College after a brilliant career as a student, where he briefly edited - and largely wrote - a comic magazine called Blather , and joined the Civil Service, in which he eventually attained a senior position. He died in Dublin on 1 April 1966. His novels include: A S-2-B , The Dalkey Archive , The Third Policeman , The Hard Life and The Poor Mouth (originally published in Irish as An Beal Bocht ).

Myles Before Myles

Myles Before Myles

Author: Flann O'brien Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2011

Myles Before Myles is a wonderfully funny selection of writings from the pen of Brian O'Nolan (aka Flann O'Brien, Myles na Gopaleen, George Knowall). In this fun-filled extravaganza he is, above all, an entertainer, a 'gas man'. Like much of O'Nolan's most entertaining work, the pieces in this did not originally appear in book form, but in periodicals and newspapers that are now almost impossible to find. Myles Before Myles reveals that some of his wittiest and most unusual were published years before Myles na Gopaleen (or Flann O'Brien) had even been born, and were destined to lie in almost complete obscurity for many decades. Flann O'Brien is a cult hero whose comic genius has been praised by anyone who is anyone -- from James Joyce to Graham Greene, Dylan Thomas to Anthony Burgess, Bendan Behan to S.J.Perelman. Old addicts (lucky enough to have discovered Flann in previous hilarious guises) will rejoice at the rediscovery of lost laughter and new readers will revel in one of the funniest writers in any language. Here is a feast for them all: a book full of the joys of Myles as student, as blatherer, as romancer, as Irishman, as poet -- as Myles! With an intelligent and amusing introduction from the compiler, John Wyse Jackson, Myles Before Myles (which has been out of print for some twenty years) is a brilliant addition to the O'Brien canon. Its reappearance has been well worth waiting for.

Myles away from Dublin

Myles away from Dublin

Author: Flann O'brien Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2011

Flann O'Brien (Brian O'Nolan, aka Myles na Gopaleen) adopted not only a new name (George Knowall) for these rarely seen pieces, but also a new persona. Writing his column 'Bones of Contention' for the Nationalist and Leinster Times, he took on the character of the quizzical and enquiring humorist who might be found in a respectable public house in Carlow: erudite, urbane and informative, he is the country cousin of the Myles of Dublin, yet still a facet of the complex character who wrote The Third Policeman and At Swim-Two-Birds. His delight in words, his uncanny ability to see through humbug, are unparalleled. Writers as disparate as James Joyce, Dylan Thomas, Graham Greene and Anthony Burgess have marvelled at his talent. New readers will discover that he is one of the funniest writers in any language, at any time. Brian O'Nolan, who also wrote under the pen names of Flann O'Brien and Myles na Gopaleen, was born in 1911 in Co Tyrone. A resident of Dublin, he graduated from University College after a brilliant career as a student briefly edited -- and largely wrote -- a comic magazine called Blather, and joined the Civil Service, in which he eventually attained a senior position. His career as a writer extended from his student days, and through his years in the Service and the years following his resignation. He died in Dublin on 1 April 1966. His novels include: A S-2-B, The Dalkey Archive, The Third P, The Hard Life and The Poor Mouth (originally published in Irish as An Beal Bocht).

Hard Life

Hard Life

Author: Flann O'brien Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2011

Finbarr and Manus are young orphans who are taken under the protection of the eccentric Mr Collopy (whose chief occupation is the extravagant discussion of the state of the world) and into his household, where they grow up with good whiskey and bad cooking. Manus proves to be a business genius, from organising correspondence courses in walking the tightrope to his creation of a cure for arthritis. When Mr Collopy's health is endangered by this cure they embark on a pilgrimage to Rome, to meet Pope Pius X, where a miracle is the least to be expected. Life in Dublin at the turn of the twentieth-century is hard, poverty and squalor are common while public toilets for ladies are less frequent. In The Hard Life O'Brien celebrates the Irish genius for conversation while his use of language shows why he is regarded as the equal of his more famous contemporaries, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, and one of the greatest comic writers of the twentieth-century. The Hard Life conceals its satire on the Roman Catholic Church and Irish education system through its uproarious comic energy.

The Dalkey Archive

The Dalkey Archive

Author: Flann O'brien Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/09/2009

Hailed as the best comic fantasy since Tristram Shandy upon its publication in 1964, The Dalkey Archive, is Flann O'Brien's fifth and final novel; or rather (as O'Brien wrote to his editor), The book is not meant to be a novel or anything of the kind but a study in derision, various writers with their styles, and sundry modes, attitudes and cults being the rats in the cage. Among the targets of O'Brien's derision are religiosity, intellectual abstractions, J. W. Dunne's and Albert Einstein's views on time and relativity, and the lives and works of Saint Augustine and James Joyce, both of whom have speaking parts in the novel. Bewildering? Yes, but as O'Brien insists, a measure of bewilderment is part of the job of literature.

Flann O'Brien The Complete Novels

Flann O'Brien The Complete Novels

Author: Flann O'brien Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/09/2007

In the five novels by Ireland's greatest comic writer we can explore the full range of his invention, from the multi-layered madness of At Swim-Two-Birds to the piercing realism of The Hard Life and the surreal logic of The Third Policeman. This is a world where bicycles listen to conversations, inventors search formethods of 'diluting' water, and characters play truant while novelists sleep; a world where spiteful fairies wreak havoc and heroes from legend blunder into suburban sitting-rooms. This is recognizably the Ireland of Joyce and Beckett - rowdy, high-spirited, by turns sensual and and cerebral -transformed by O'Brien's unique vision.

At War

At War

Author: Flann O'brien Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/08/2007

Like The Best of Myles and Further Cuttings from Cruiskeen Lawn (both available from Dalkey Archive Press), At War is a collection of Flann O'Brien's columns written for the Irish Times > under the pseudonym Myles na Gopaleen. Taken from the war years of 1940-45, these writings provide plenty of acerbic wit and persistent prodding of the good people of Ireland. And in typical O'Brien fashion, no one is safe from his opinionated attacks. His oftentimes hysterical musings include discussions of theater, what it means to be Irish, ideas for alternative pubs and liquors, advice for children, and ways to improve the home.

The Third Policeman

The Third Policeman

Author: Flann O'brien Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/04/2007

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.

Various Lives of Keats and Chapman

Various Lives of Keats and Chapman

Author: Flann O'brien Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2005

"e;Along with Joyce and Beckett, [Flann O'Brien] constitutes our trinity of great Irish writers. And who is funnier?"e;- Edna O'BrienThe cream of Flann O'Brien's comic tour-de-force, the Keats and Chapman stories began in O'Brien's column in the Irish Times. He called them "e;studies in literary pathology"e; -- monstrously tall tales that explore the very limits of the shaggy dog story. As one critic wrote, they will accumulate the fantasy to the point of sadism, and then cash home with the flat, desolating pun."e;The Brother"e; is another of O'Brien's funniest creations. He is the archetypal Dublin man -- an authority on every one of mankind's ills, from the common cold to the court case. Forget the experts, The Brother knows best."e;The best comic writer I can think of."e;- S. J. Perelman

At Swim-two-birds

At Swim-two-birds

Author: Flann O'brien Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/02/2000

Flann O'Brien's innovative metafictional work, whose unruly characters strike out their own paths in life to the frustration of their author, At Swim-Two-Birds is a brilliant impressionistic jumble of ideas, mythology and nonsense published in Penguin Modern Classics. Flann O'Brien's first novel tells the story of a young, indolent undergraduate, who lives with his curmudgeonly uncle in Dubin and spends far too much time drinking with his friends. When not drunk or in bed he likes to invent wild stories peoples with hilarious and unlikely characters - but somehow his creations won't do what he wants them to. A dazzling work of farce, satire, folklore and absurdity that gives full rein to its author's dancing intellect and Celtic wit, At Swim-Two-Birds is both a brilliant comic send-up of Irish literature and culture, and a portrayal of Dublin to compare with Joyce's Ulysses. Brian O Nuallain, (1911-1966), better known by his pseudonym Flann O'Brien, was born in Strabane, County Tyrone, and studied at University College Dublin before joining the Irish Civil Service. Ifyou enjoyed At Swim-Two-Birds, you might like Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'This is just the book to give your sister if she's a loud, dirty, boozy girl' Dylan Thomas 'That's a real writer, with the true comic spirit' James Joyce, author of Ulysses 'A brilliant, beer-soaked miniature masterpiece' Time

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