The Third Policeman. Introduction by Denis Donohue by Flann O'Brien

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"That's a real writer, with the true comic spirit. A really funny book."—James Joyce.

A wildly comic send-up of Irish literature and culture, At Swim-Two-Birds
is the story of a young, lazy, and frequently drunk Irish college student who lives with his curmudgeonly uncle in Dublin. When not in bed (where he seems to spend most of his time) or reading he is composing a mischief-filled novel about Dermot Trellis, a second-rate author whose characters ultimately rebel against him and seek vengeance. From drugging him as he sleeps to dropping the ceiling on his head, these figures of Irish myth make Trellis pay dearly for his bad writing. Hilariously funny and inventive, At Swim-Two-Birds
has influenced generations of writers, opening up new possibilities for what can be done in fiction. It is a true masterpiece of Irish literature.


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Published January 1, 1999 by Dalkey Archive Press/ Illinois State University.
Genres: . Fiction