In a letter to a literary agent, Flann O’Brien described his first novel as “a very queer affair, unbearably queer perhaps.” The book in question was At. Flann O’Brien’s innovative metafictional work, whose unruly characters strike out their own paths in life to the frustration of their author. O’Brien found his novel branded as the book you read for more of the same after you had finished Finnegans Wake. Since few survived the Wake, and even.

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We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Description 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.


At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O’Brien

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s Truman Capote. Design as Art Bruno Munari. Of Mice and Men Flahn Steinbeck. The Outsider Albert Camus. Back cover copy The story of an Irish college student who – half to amuse himself and half to avoid work – writes an irreverent novel about the figures of Irish myth and swim-gwo-birds in which characters come to life and riot against their author, At Swim is a wildly comic send-up of Irish literature and culture. O’Brien opened up a whole new world of possibilities for fiction and swi-mtwo-birds novelists have played with his zany ideas, chief among them being the idea that characters in fiction have earned the right to be “recycled” – after all, they’ve proven their reliability as characters!


Review quote At Swim-Two-Birds is a marvel of imagination, language, and humor.

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At Swim-Two-Birds has remained in my mind ever since it firstappeared as one of the best books of our century. A book in a thousand. His work, like that ofJoyce, is so layered as to be almost Dante-esque. Joyce and FlannO’Brien assault your brain with words, swim-wto-birds, magic, madness, andunlimited invention.

Flann O’Brienwas too much his own man, Ireland’s man, to speak in any but his owntongue. At Swim-Two-Birdsis both a comedy and a fantasy of such staggering originality that itbaffles description and very nearly beggars our sense of delight. He was a novelist and dramatist. His best known novel is At Swim-Two-Birds, which was written in It combines folklore, poetry and humor.

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