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    The Third Policeman (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) (Paperback) By (author) Flann O'Brien

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    DescriptionA 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.


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    Title
    The Third Policeman
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Flann O'Brien
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 160 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780007247172
    ISBN 10: 0007247176
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBR
    DC22: 823.912
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    DC22: FIC
    Libri: ENGM1010
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET090
    Ingram Theme: CULT/IRELND, ETHN/IRISH
    Libri: IRIS4210
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBR
    Edition
    7000
    Edition statement
    Reissue.
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    HarperPerennial
    Publication date
    16 April 2007
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    '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
    Back cover copy
    The Third Policeman is Flann O'Brien's comic novel about the nature of time, death, and existence. Told by a narrator who has committed a botched robbery and brutal murder, the novel follows him and his adventures in a two-dimensional police station where, through the theories of the scientist/philosopher de Selby, he is introduced to "Atomic Theory" and its relation to bicycles, the existence of eternity (which turns out to be just down the road), and de Selby's view that the earth is not round but "sausage-shaped." With the help of his newly found soul named "Joe, " he grapples with the riddles and contradictions that three eccentric policeman present to him.