I believe it is safe to say that Flann O'Brien's novels, in particular At Swim-Two-Birds and The Third Policeman, had a profound influence upon me and my writing. Therefore, I was thrilled to learn that Dalkey Archive had released further O'Brien fare, a collection of short fiction and the unfinished novel Slattery's Sago Saga, published under the title The Short Fiction of Flann O'Brien (ed. by Neil Murphy and Keith Hopper, with translations by Jack Fennell). Hallmarks of O'Brien's singular wit, his trenchant sociopolitical satire and wildly imaginative metafictional layering abound, comprising a poignant and hilarious "postmodern labyrinth" sure to appeal to both die-hard "Flanneurs" and newcomers alike.
Publication announcements, bookish items of note and the occasional literary musing.