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The third policeman : a novel

Author: Flann O'Brien; Denis Donoghue
Publisher: Normal, IL : Dalkey Archive Press, 1999.
Series: John F. Byrne Irish literature series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First Dalkey Archive editionView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Humorous fiction
Black humor
Fiction
Black humor (Literature)
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Flann O'Brien; Denis Donoghue
ISBN: 156478214X 9781564782144
OCLC Number: 40489146
Notes: First Dalkey archive edition, 1999. Second printing, 2002. Third printing, 2005. Fourth printing, 2005. Fifth printing, 2006. Sixth printing, 2019.
Description: xiii, 200 pages ; 22 cm
Series Title: John F. Byrne Irish literature series.
Responsibility: by Flann O'Brien ; with an introduction by Denis Donoghue.

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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 policemen present to him.

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