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O'Brien, Flann, 1911-1966.

At Swim-Two-Birds / by Flann O'Brien. - First published in 1939. This edition published 2017. - London : Penguin Books, 2017. - 227 p. : 21 cm. - Penguin classics. . - Penguin classics. .

First published in 1939. Published in Penguin Books 1967.

Flann O'Brien's first novel tells the story of a young, indolent undergraduate, who lives with his curmudgeonly uncle in Dublin 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.



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