The Third Policeman

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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

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The Absurd in Literature

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The Absurd in Literature by Neil Cornwell Summary

This is the first book to offer a comprehensive survey of the phenomenon of the absurd in a full literary context (that is to say, primarily in fiction, as well as in theatre).

Flann O'Brien

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Flann O'Brien by Joseph Brooker Summary

Flann O'Brien was the best-known pen-name of Brian O'Nolan (1911-1966) one of modern Ireland's most perplexing, subversive and underrated writers. In At-Swim-Two-Birds (1939) he exploded the modern novel into a riot of multiple narratives and contending discourses, in a way that both echoed the example of James Joyce and anticipated later developments in experimental fiction and theory. The subsequent works The Third Policeman and The Poor Mouth confirmed his significance, but for two decades he redirected his talents into the newspaper column Cruiskeen Lawn, producing a surreal commentary on independent Ireland and redrawing the borders of journalism and literature. Joseph Brooker's new study assesses the whole span of Brian O'Nolan's achievement, including his early forays into public satire and his fabrication of authorial identities. Brooker argues that in a period when modernism is being reassessed, O'Nolan's negotiation with Ireland, the press, and the aesthetic make him newly relevant.

Swim-two-birds

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Swim-two-birds by Flann O'Brien Summary

Le narrateur de Swim-Two-Birds est un jeune étudiant irlandais qui vit à Dublin en compagnie de son oncle et préfère aller au pub avec ses amis plutôt que de travailler. À partir de ce simple argument commence l'histoire la plus folle, la plus cocasse, la plus joyeuse. Ou plutôt les histoires : car notre étudiant en écrit lui-même, où il invente des courses-poursuites entre policiers irlandais et Indiens d'Amérique, des femmes qui donnent naissance à des adultes, et autres extravagances. Roman à tiroirs, aventures à l'intérieur des aventures, toutes plus folles les unes que les autres. Premier roman de Flann O'Brien (1911-1966), Swim-Two-Birds, publié en Irlande en 1939, y est un roman aussi célèbre et aimé que l'Ulysse de Joyce. Véritable bacchanale d'humour, de farce, de fantaisie et d'intelligence, Swim-Two-Birds est présenté ici dans une nouvelle traduction, qui rend justice à son génie.

Monstre

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Monstre by Gérard DEPARDIEU Summary

"Il faut laisser sortir ses monstres, si on ne veut pas que ce soient eux qui nous bouffent." J'ai connu un potier dans le Berry : quand ça le faisait chier de faire des assiettes, toujours les mêmes, il prenait sa terre et il faisait un monstre. Un énorme monstre. En terre cuite. Et il disait : "Je fais ça parce qu'il faut que ça sorte ! J'en ai plein comme ça à l'intérieur de moi !" Il avait raison. Il faut laisser sortir ses monstres, si on ne veut pas que ce soient eux qui nous bouffent.

Flann O'Brien, Bakhtin, and Menippean Satire

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Flann O'Brien, Bakhtin, and Menippean Satire by M. Keith Booker Summary

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.

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Flann O'Brien by Keith Hopper Summary

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 Clash of Ireland

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The Complete Novels

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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."

Dernier meurtre avant la fin du monde

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À quoi bon tenter de résoudre un meurtre quand tout le monde va mourir ? À quoi bon tenter de résoudre un meurtre quand tout le monde va mour Concord, New Hamsphire. Hank Palace est ce qu'on appelle un flic obstiné. Confronté à une banale affaire de suicide, il refuse de s'en tenir à l'évidence et, certain qu'il a affaire à un meurtre, poursuit inlassablement son enquête. Hank sait pourtant qu'elle n'a pas grand intérêt puisque, dans six mois il sera mort. Comme tous les habitants de Concord. Et comme tout le monde aux États-Unis et sur Terre. Dans six mois en effet, notre planète aura cessé d'exister, percutée de plein fouet par 2011GV1, un astéroïde de six kilomètres de long qui la réduira en cendres. Aussi chacun, désormais, se prépare-t-il au pire à sa façon. Dans cette ambiance pré-apocalyptique, où les marchés financiers se sont écroulés, où la plupart des employés ont abandonné leur travail, où des dizaines de personnes se livrent à tous les excès possibles alors que d'autres mettent fin à leurs jours, Hank, envers et contre tous, s'accroche. Il a un boulot à terminer. Et rien, même l'apocalypse, ne pourra l'empêcher de résoudre son affaire. Sans jamais se départir d'un prodigieux sens de l'intrigue et du suspens, Ben H Winters nous y propose une vision douloureusement convaincante d'un monde proche de l'agonie. Le lecteur est tiraillé par cette interrogation lancinante : que ferions nous, que ferions nous réellement si nos jours étaient comptés.

The Poor Mouth

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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

A l'hôtel Bertram (Nouvelle traduction révisée)

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A l'hôtel Bertram (Nouvelle traduction révisée) by Agatha Christie Summary

Miss Marple s’apprête à passer une semaine à l’hôtel Bertram, symbole mythique et préservé de l’Angleterre victorienne. Tout en dégustant thé et muffins, servis dans la plus pure tradition, la vieille demoiselle observe les autres clients de l’hôtel, parfaitement assortis à ce décor suranné : ladies respectables, ecclésiastiques, officiers en retraite et jeunes filles sorties de pension. Mais une mystérieuse disparition va troubler la tranquillité des lieux et révéler la part d’ombre de personnages un peu trop typiques pour être honnêtes.Traduction d’Elise Champon entièrement révisée

Stories and Plays

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Flann O'Brien by Ruben Borg,Paul Fagan,Werner Huber Summary

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.