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ISBN-10: 1628973889
ISBN-13: 9781628973884
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Publish Date: 08/09/2022
Dimensions: 8.40" L, 5.40" W, 0.80" H

At Swim-Two-Birds

Introduction by: William H Gass

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Price: $17.95

Overview

Along with one or two books by James Joyce, Flann O’Brien’s At Swim-Two-Birds is the most famous (and infamous) of Irish novels published in the twentieth century.

A wildly comic send-up of Irish literature and culture, At Swim-Two-Birds is the story of a young, lazy, and frequently drunk Irish college student who lives with his curmudgeonly uncle in Dublin. When not in bed (where he seems to spend most of his time) or reading he is composing a mischief-filled novel about Dermot Trellis, a second-rate author whose characters ultimately rebel against him and seek vengeance. From drugging him as he sleeps to dropping the ceiling on his head, these figures of Irish myth make Trellis pay dearly for his bad writing.

Hilariously funny and inventive, At Swim-Two-Birds has influenced generations of writers, opening up new possibilities for what can be done in fiction. It is a true masterpiece of Irish literature.

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A real writer, with the true comic spirit. A really funny book.–James Joyce

This is just the book to give your sister if she's a loud, dirty, boozy girl!–Dylan Thomas

At Swim-Two-Birds has remained in my mind ever since it first appeared as one of the best books of our century. A book in a thousand . . . in the line of Ulysses and Tristram Shandy.–Graham Greene

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Details

ISBN-10: 1628973889
ISBN-13: 9781628973884
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Publish Date: 08/09/2022
Dimensions: 8.40" L, 5.40" W, 0.80" H
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