The Third Policeman

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 ...

Author: Flann O'Brien

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504059646

Category: Fiction

Page: 212

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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

The Third Policeman

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Author: Flann O'Brien

Publisher: Plume

ISBN: 9780452259126

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

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The 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

The Third Policeman

Author: Flann O'Brien

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About a Bicycle

An illustrated introduction to Flann O'Brien's famous tale of hell

Author: Lindsay Arnold

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An illustrated introduction to Flann O'Brien's famous tale of hell

Encyclopedia of the Novel

Equally zany and extravagant ( “Is it about a bicycleP”), The Third Policeman's wit
is more disciplined and its form more complex. The “third man” theme is handled
with a great deal of philosophical and structural sophistication.

Author: Paul Schellinger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135918260

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 838

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First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Hemingway Deadlights

Until Mary, not presumably wishing to see her husband land in Gunanajay for
manslaughter, flew off the foot of the stairs at Hemingway and grabbed his arm,
throwing him off balance— wha?—as a third policeman stepped over the first, ...

Author: Michael Atkinson

Publisher: Minotaur Books

ISBN: 9781429990998

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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A witty, literate, and action-filled debut, Hemingway Deadlights catches the famed author in his later years, battling to solve the injustices in a flawed world. It is 1956 and Hemingway has spent much of the year at his home in Key West, hiding from tourists and autograph hunters. But a friend's sudden death rouses Papa from his idyll. To say that the cause of death is suspicious is to put it lightly. It's not every day that a part-time smuggler is impaled on a harpoon. "Neatly captures the personality and uproarious lifestyle of an American literary icon. ... A mystery sure to please Hemingway aficionados." - Publishers Weekly

The Complete Novels

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."

Author: Flann O'Brien

Publisher: Everyman's Library

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Category: Fiction

Page: 787

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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."

Sub versions

world.30 The Third Policeman has been analysed as a representation of the
breakdown of traditional, Newtonian accounts of reality.31 Flann O'Brien's
interest in scientific discourse has broader and deeper implications however,
than a mere ...

Author: Ciaran Ross

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042028289

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 299

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From Swift's repulsive shit-flinging Yahoos to Beckett's dying but never quite dead moribunds, Irish literature has long been perceived as being synonymous with subversion and all forms of subversiveness. But what constitutes a subversive text or a subversive writer in twenty-first-century Ireland? The essays in this volume set out to redefine and rethink the subversive potential of modern Irish literature. Crossing three central genres, one common denominator running through these essays whether dealing with canonical writers like Yeats, Beckett and Flann O'Brien, or lesser known contemporary writers like Sebastian Barry or Robert McLiam Wilson, is the continual questioning of Irish identity – Irishness – going from its colonial paradigm and stereotype of the subaltern in MacGill, to its uneasy implications for gender representation in the contemporary novel and the contemporary drama. A subsidiary theme inextricably linked to the identity problematic is that of exile and its radical heritage for all Irish writing irrespective of its different genres. Sub-Versions offers a cross-cultural and trans-national response to the expanding interest in Irish and postcolonial studies by bringing together specialists from different national cultures and scholarly contexts – Ireland, Britain, France and Central Europe. The order of the essays is by genre.This study is aimed both at the general literary reader and anyone particularly interested in Irish Studies.

Lazy Idle Schemers

Afterword Falling into Old Ways Flann O'Brien wrote The Third Policeman in 1940
. Its bleak humour was not considered appropriate for wartime; it was not
published until 1967, a year after his death.1 Like O'Brien's previous novel, it
focuses ...

Author: Gregory Dobbins

Publisher: Field Day Publications

ISBN: 0946755507

Category: English literature

Page: 232

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Gregory Dobbins argues that the cultural politics of Irish modernism lie precisely in its engagement with the concept of idleness.

Flann O Brien Modernism

replacements or 'homuncules',38 the Chinese boxes effect of narrators 'within'
narrators touches upon a matter that is also suggested in The Third Policeman: A
body with another body inside it in turn, thousands of such bodies within each ...

Author: Julian Murphet

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1623564425

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

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Flann O'Brien & Modernism brings a much-needed refreshment to the state of scholarship on this increasingly recognised but still widely misunderstood 'second generation' modernist. Rather than construe him as a postmodernist, it correctly locates O'Brien's work as the product of a late modernist sensibility and cultural context. Similarly, while there should be no doubt of his Irishness, and his profound debts to Irish language, history and culture, this collection seeks to understand O'Brien's nationally sensitive achievement as the work of an internationalist whose preoccupations reflect global modernist trends. The distinct themes and concerns tracked in Flann O'Brien & Modernism include characterization in branching narrative forms; the ethics and paradoxes of naming; parody and homage; lies and deception; theatricality; sexuality; technology and transport; and the inevitable matter of drink and intoxication. Taken together, these specific topics construct a mosaic image of O'Brien as an exemplary modernist auteur, abreast of all the most salient philosophical and technical concerns affecting literary production in the period immediately before and after World War Two.

Afterlife and Narrative in Contemporary Fiction

Where The Human Age involves arbitrary quickening, slowing and stopping of
time, and Pincher Martin involves a kind of time bubble that opens up inside
objective time, The Third Policeman works as an enormous time loop, starting
from the ...

Author: A. Bennett

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137022698

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 228

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Afterlife and Narrative explores why life after death is such a potent cultural concept today, and why it is such an attractive prospect for modern fiction. The book mines a rich vein of imagined afterlives, from the temporal experiments of Martin Amis's Time's Arrow to narration from heaven in Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones .

The Seamy Side

As he approached the gates , the three merry policemen who guarded them
winked each with his left eye , and ranged themselves before the portals . Now ,
sir ... Yes , ' said the third mad wag , ' or a hogshead o ' brandy , I shouldn't
wonder .

Author: Sir Walter Besant

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Category: English fiction

Page: 318

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Stories and Plays

Author: Flann O'Brien

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Category: Ireland

Page: 175

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1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

The. Third. Policeman. Flann O'Brien There is a fascination with the bicycle in the
Irish experimental novel. Flann O'Brien's comic masterpiece The Third Policeman
, written in 1940 but unpublished until 1967, treats the bicycle with an ...

Author: Peter Boxall

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1844037193

Category: Reference

Page: 960

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Completely revised and updated to include the most up-to-date selections, this is a bold and bright reference book to the novels and the writers that have excited the world's imagination. This authoritative selection of novels, reviewed by an international team of writers, critics, academics, and journalists, provides a new take on world classics and a reliable guide to what's hot in contemporary fiction. Featuring more than 700 illustrations and photographs, presenting quotes from individual novels and authors, and completely revised for 2012, this is the ideal book for everybody who loves reading.

The Various Lives of Keats and Chapman

A collection of humorous vignettes by the late author of At Swim-Two Birds, culled from his Irish Times columns, includes The Brother, a tale of an opinionated Dublin male archetype. 15,000 first printing.

Author: Flann O'Brien

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0312329075

Category: Fiction

Page: 166

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A collection of humorous vignettes by the late author of At Swim-Two Birds, culled from his Irish Times columns, includes The Brother, a tale of an opinionated Dublin male archetype. 15,000 first printing.

No Country for Old Men

Flann O ' Brien in the Devil Era : Building Hell in Heaven ' s Despite JOHN
COYLE ' Everything comes in circles : even Professor Moriarty ? - ARTHUR
CONAN DOYLE , The Valley of Fear The Third Policeman , a novel by Flann O '
Brien , was ...

Author: Paddy Lyons

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039118410

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 289

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Once a country of emigration and diaspora, in the 1990s Ireland began to attract immigration from other parts of the world: a new citizenry. By the first decade of the twenty-first century, the ratio between GDP and population placed Ireland among the wealthiest nations in the world. The Peace Agreements of the mid-1990s and the advent of power-sharing in Northern Ireland have enabled Ireland's story to change still further. No longer locked into troubles from the past, the Celtic Tiger can now leap in new directions. These shifts in culture have given Irish literature the opportunity to look afresh at its own past and, thereby, new perspectives have also opened for Irish Studies. The contributors to this volume explore these new openings; the essays examine writings from both now and the past in the new frames afforded by new times.

The Shadow of the Wind

morgue, one of the officers signaled to him to be quiet. According to Don Manuel,
as soon as Mr. Fortuny had left, the third policeman went up to the body, glanced
at it, and spit on its face. Then he kept the passport and gave orders for the ...

Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101147067

Category: Fiction

Page: 512

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"Gabriel García Márquez meets Umberto Eco meets Jorge Luis Borges for a sprawling magic show." --The New York Times Book Review A New York Times Bestseller Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets--an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love. “ Anyone who enjoys novels that are scary, erotic, touching, tragic and thrilling should rush right out to the nearest bookstore and pick up The Shadow of the Wind. Really, you should.” --Michael Dirda, The Washington Post "Wonderous... masterful... The Shadow of the Wind is ultimately a love letter to literature, intended for readers as passionate about storytelling as its young hero." --Entertainment Weekly (Editor's Choice) "One gorgeous read." --Stephen King From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Money lender

S'pose we gives the alarm indoors ? From his piping up , the chap has maybe got
accomplices within . ” Ay , ay , a put - up robbery“ Jist the flash - cut iv a Wist - ind
burglar ! " - eried the third policeman ; -all three keeping such fast hold of the ...

Author: Mrs. Gore (Catherine Grace Frances)

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The money lender

S ' pose we gives the alarm indoors ? From his piping . up , the chap has maybe
got accomplices within . ” “ Ay , ay , a put - up robbery - _ " , “ Jist the flash - cut iv
a Wist - ind burglar ! ” — cried the third policeman ; - - all three keeping such fast
 ...

Author: Catherine Grace F. Gore

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The seamy side by W Besant and J Rice Vol 1 2nd ed 2 3 3rd ed

The policemen scowled : the merry policemen frowned . We shall see , ' they ...
Fifteen years for brandy , ' said the first jester ; ' come , young sir , we must search
you . ' “ This way ... replied the third policeman ; that ' s bribery and corruption .

Author: sir Walter Besant

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