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    The Third Policeman (John F. Byrne Irish Literature Series) (Paperback) By (author) Flann O'Brien, Introduction by Denis Donoghue

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    DescriptionThe Third Policeman is Flann O'Brien's brilliantly dark 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.The last of O'Brien's novels to be published, The Third Policeman joins O'Brien's other fiction ( At Swim-Two-Birds, The Poor Mouth, The Hard Life, The Best of Myles, and The Dalkey Archive) to ensure his place, along with James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, as one of Ireland's great comic geniuses.


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    Title
    The Third Policeman
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Flann O'Brien, Introduction by Denis Donoghue
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 200
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781564782144
    ISBN 10: 156478214X
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.6
    BIC E4L: PER
    DC21: 823.912
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21200
    BISAC V2.8: FIC004000
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET090
    Ingram Theme: CULT/IRELND
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 74
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 15
    Ingram Theme: ETHN/IRISH
    DC22: 823/.912
    BIC subject category V2: AP
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
    LC classification: PR6029.N56 T48 1999
    Thema V1.0: ATJ, ATL, ATF
    Edition statement
    Dalkey Archive.
    Publisher
    Dalkey Archive Press
    Imprint name
    Dalkey Archive Press
    Publication date
    14 April 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Normal, IL
    Review quote
    As with Scott Fitzgerald, there is a brilliant ease in his prose, a poignant grace glimmering off every page. --John Updike
    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.