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At Swim-two-birds

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At Swim-two-birds by Flann O'Brien

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Flann O'Brien's innovative metafictional work, whose unruly characters strike out their own paths in life to the frustration of their author, At Swim-Two-Birds is a brilliant impressionistic jumble of ideas, mythology and nonsense published in Penguin Modern Classics. Flann O'Brien's first novel tells the story of a young, indolent undergraduate, who lives with his curmudgeonly uncle in Dubin and spends far too much time drinking with his friends. When not drunk or in bed he likes to invent wild stories peoples with hilarious and unlikely characters - but somehow his creations won't do what he wants them to. A dazzling work of farce, satire, folklore and absurdity that gives full rein to its author's dancing intellect and Celtic wit, At Swim-Two-Birds is both a brilliant comic send-up of Irish literature and culture, and a portrayal of Dublin to compare with Joyce's Ulysses. Brian O Nuallain, (1911-1966), better known by his pseudonym Flann O'Brien, was born in Strabane, County Tyrone, and studied at University College Dublin before joining the Irish Civil Service. Ifyou enjoyed At Swim-Two-Birds, you might like Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'This is just the book to give your sister if she's a loud, dirty, boozy girl' Dylan Thomas 'That's a real writer, with the true comic spirit' James Joyce, author of Ulysses 'A brilliant, beer-soaked miniature masterpiece' Time

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780141182681
ISBN-10: 0141182687
Format: Paperback
(206mm x 133mm x 14mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 24-Feb-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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A welcome gift for every Flann O Brien fan, this collection at last assembles his short fiction including a final, incomplete novel, and other never-before-published pieces into a single volume. "

Myles Before Myles by Flann O'Brien Myles Before Myles, Paperback (April 2012)

Presents a selection of writings from the pen of Brian O'Nolan (aka Flann O'Brien, Myles na Gopaleen, George Knowall). This title reveals that some of his wittiest and most unusual were published years before Myles na Gopaleen (or Flann O'Brien) had even been born, and were destined to lie in almost complete obscurity for many decades.

Myles Away from Dublin by Flann O'Brien Myles Away from Dublin, Paperback (March 2012)

Writing his column "Bones of Contention" for the "Nationalist and Leinster Times", the author took on the character of the quizzical and enquiring humorist who might be found in a respectable public house in Carlow: erudite, urbane and informative.

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Author Biography - Flann O'Brien

Flann O Brien was born on October 5, 1911, in Strabane, Ireland. He was a novelist and dramatist. He wrote a column forThe Irish Timesfor 26 years under the name Myles na gCopaleen. His best known novel isAt Swim-Two-Birds, which was written in 1939. It combines folklore, poetry and humor. He died in Dublin on April 1, 1966."

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