The Third Policeman

by Flann O'brien

Part of the Harper Perennial Modern Classics Series

The Third Policeman Synopsis

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.

The Third Policeman Press Reviews

`Flann O'Brien learned from Joyce the art of tuning language to a lyrical pitch, which he could then turn to his purpose, whether it was to be plain foolery, unconcealed indignation or high comedy. The best of his contemporaries and many subsequent Irish writers have much to thank him for.' Sunday Times `Flann O'Brien is inventive, his storytelling is swift and sure, making the eccentric seem natural and the commonplace hilarious.' The Times `Even with Ulysses and Finnegans Wake behind him, James Joyce might have been envious.' Observer `Wonderful. The Third Policeman is a great masterpiece of black humour.' George Mackay Brown

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007247172
Publication date: 16th April 2007
Author: Flann O'brien
Publisher: HarperPerennial an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Flann O'brien

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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