by Flann O’Brien
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Flann O’Brien’s innovative metafictional work, whose undisciplined characters strike their own path in life, frustrating their author, At Swim-Two-Birds is a brilliant impressionist jumble of ideas, mythology and absurdity published in Penguin Modern ClassicsFlann 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 friendsWhen he is not drunk or in bed, he likes to invent wild stories funny people and improbable characters – but his creations do not do what he wantsA superb work of farce, satire, folklore and the absurd that gives free rein to its author’s intellect and Celtic dance of the spirit, Swim-Two-Birds is both a brilliant comic strip sending Irish literature and culture, and a representation of Dublin to compare with Joyce’s UlyssesBrian 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.If you like Swim-Two-Birds, you could, like Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire, also available in Penguin Modern Classics”It’s just the book to give your sister if she’s noisy, dirty, well drunken young girl “Dylan Thomas” It’s a real writer, with the real spirit comic “James Joyce, author of Ulysses” A brilliant, beer-soaked little masterpiece “Time
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