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.
About the Author
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.
'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
Series: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 2nd July 2007
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.0 x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.15