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Flann O'Brien (1911–1966)

Autor(a) de The Third Policeman

52+ Works 12,023 Membros 248 Críticas 121 Favorited

About the Author

Writer Brian O'Nolan was born on October 5, 1911. He graduated from University College, Dublin. This gifted Irish writer had three identities: Brian O'Nolan, an Irish civil servant and administrator; Myles Copaleen, columnist for the Irish Times, poet and author of An Beal Bocht (The Poor Mouth: A mostrar mais Bad Story about the Hard Life, 1941), a satire in Gaelic on the Gaelic revival; and Flann O'Brien, playwright and avant-garde comic novelist. His masterpiece, At Swim-Two-Birds (1939), went almost unrecognized in its time. This novel, which plays havoc with the conventional novel form, is about a man writing a book about characters in turn writing about him. O'Brien starts off with three separate openings. The Third Policeman (1967), funny but grim, plunges into the world of the dead, though one is not immediately aware that the protagonist is no longer living. He died on April 1, 1966. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Flann O'Brien

The Third Policeman (1967) 4,233 exemplares
At Swim-Two-Birds (1939) 3,272 exemplares
The Poor Mouth (1973) 972 exemplares
The Dalkey Archive (1964) 851 exemplares
The best of Myles (1968) 745 exemplares
The Hard Life (1961) 560 exemplares
Stories and Plays (1973) 117 exemplares
At War (Lannan Selection) (1999) 112 exemplares
Myles Away from Dublin (1600) 73 exemplares
Myles Before Myles (1988) 64 exemplares
Flann O'Brien Reader (1978) 20 exemplares
Das große Flann OBrien Buch (1996) 19 exemplares
Cruiskeen Lawn (2005) 11 exemplares
La saga del sagú de Slattery (2013) 7 exemplares
Romans & chroniques dublinoises (2015) 5 exemplares
O Terceiro Polícia 2 exemplares
Fakirlik Edebiyati (2022) 2 exemplares
Durst und andere Dinge. (2002) 2 exemplares
The Third Policeman 2 exemplares
An Beal Bocht 1 exemplar
The Best of Myles 1 exemplar
De derde Politieman (1971) 1 exemplar
The Poor Mouth — Autor — 1 exemplar
Irlanda 1 exemplar
FA170 (1391) 1 exemplar
Sem título 1 exemplar
Myles Before Myles 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Black Water: The Book of Fantastic Literature (1983) — Contribuidor — 500 exemplares
The Best of Modern Humor (1983) — Contribuidor — 292 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction (1999) — Contribuidor — 151 exemplares
Great Irish Detective Stories (1993) — Contribuidor — 89 exemplares
Extreme Fiction: Fabulists and Formalists (2003) — Contribuidor — 51 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Irish Comic Writing (1996) — Autor, algumas edições; Autor, algumas edições26 exemplares
The Wrong Turning: Encounters with Ghosts (2021) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Antaeus No. 21/22, Spring/Summer 1976 - Special Essay Issue (1976) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
The Brother [VHS] — Based on work — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum



"The Best of Myles" by Flann O'Brien em One Book One Thread (Fevereiro 2020)


I liked this much more than At Swim Two Birds, which I found deeply and needlessly confusing. Third Policeman felt more straightforward to me and had a sort of absurd and melancholy charm to it. Not sure I'll dive into anymore Flann O'Brien, but I'm glad I picked this one up if only because of it's obvious fondness for bicycles and it's rather clever ending.
rknickme | 122 outras críticas | Mar 31, 2024 |

It’s a short collection of short pieces by the great man. The most interesting stuff is at the beginning, where he pokes fun at Irish language enthusiasts in a couple of pieces originally written in Irish (and heavily footnoted to explain the humour). Most of the middle section is material being tried out for deployment elsewhere (the story about the young man who was born for Ireland gets used twice).

At the end, Jack Fennell presents a story which he is certain is by a 21-year-old Flann O’Brien, and published in 1932 in, of all places, Hugo Gernsback’s Amazing Stories – “Naval Control”, as by “John Shamus O’Donnell”. He has argued the case further in a recent Journey Planet, and I for one am convinced. How glorious, that Gernsback may have published the future author of The Third Policeman!

To be honest, I think this is really a book for Flann O’Brien completists, but there are a lot of us about, and it comes with a good foreword and scholarly apparatus.
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nwhyte | 2 outras críticas | Mar 24, 2024 |
This is a hilarious satire which parodies the typical Gaeltacht memoirs published in Ireland after 1922. These books were a mandatory part of the Irish school curriculum and those who went to high school in Ireland in the '80s will forever remember [b:Peig: The Autobiograpy of Peig Sayers of the Great Blasket Island|1998679|Peig The Autobiograpy of Peig Sayers of the Great Blasket Island|Peig Sayers|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1447275760l/1998679._SY75_.jpg|671229]. The hardship of life in these remote regions was real, but the Irish have their own unique way of describing it. Tragedy doesn't seem all that bad, because in the end "Shur it'll all be grand". Flann O' Brien takes this to a whole new level in this extremely amusing parody.

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amurray914 | 18 outras críticas | Feb 27, 2024 |
‘The Poor Mouth’ is a scathing yet amusing satire squarely aimed at the narratives and custodians of Gaelic Ireland, complete with endless rain, countless meals of potatoes and house shares with sheep and pigs. The protagonist, Bonaparte O’Coonassa, lives in the fictitious village of Corkadoragha where he ambles through a poverty stricken yet mildly philosophical and content life. This is a short, enjoyable read that immerses you in a beautiful, simple yet ridiculous tale which pulsates with Irishness. Without having read O’Brien’s other works yet, I’ve gleaned that this is only moderately surreal in comparison but it was still evidence of skilful writing and a risk-taking, experimental style that made for an engaging read. I’ll definitely be reading his others!… (mais)
Dzaowan | 18 outras críticas | Feb 15, 2024 |



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