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The Third Policeman

The Third Policeman

(1967)
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The Third Policeman is Flann O'Brien's brilliantly dark comic novel about the nature of time, death, and existence. Told by a narrator who has committed a botched robbery and brutal murder, the novel follows him and his adventures in a two-dimensional police station where, through the theories of the scientist/philosopher de Selby, he is introduced to "Atomic Theory" and its relation to bicycles, the existence of eternity (which turns out to be just down the road), and de Selby's view that the earth is not round but "sausage-shaped." With the help of his newly found soul named "Joe," he grapples with the riddles and contradictions that three eccentric policeman present to him.

The last of O'Brien's novels to be published, The Third Policeman joins O'Brien's other fiction (At Swim-Two-Birds, The Poor Mouth, The Hard Life, The Best of Myles, and The Dalkey Archive) to ensure his place, along with James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, as one of Ireland's great comic geniuses.

With the publication of The Third Policeman, Dalkey Archive Press now has all of O'Brien's fiction back in print.

 
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Hardback Editions

June 1975 : UK Hardback
Title: Third Policeman
Author(s): Flann O'Brien
ISBN: 0246107715 / 9780246107718 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hart-Davis
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September 1967 : UK Hardback
Title: Third Policeman
Author(s): Flann O'Brien
ISBN: 0261620207 / 9780261620209 (UK edition)
Publisher: MacGibbon & K.
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Paperback Editions

March 1999 : USA Paperback
Title: The Third Policeman
Author(s): Flann O'Brien
ISBN: 156478214X / 9781564782144 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
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April 2007 : UK Paperback
Title: The Third Policeman (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
Author(s): Flann O'Brien
ISBN: 0007247176 / 9780007247172 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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2007 : UK Paperback
Title: The Third Policeman
Author(s): Flann O'Brien
ISBN: 0007791224 / 9780007791224 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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April 2001 : UK Paperback
Title: The Third Policeman
Author(s): Flann O'Brien
ISBN: 0007115210 / 9780007115211 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
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June 1988 : UK Paperback
Title: The Third Policeman (Paladin Books)
Author(s): Flann O'Brien
ISBN: 0586087494 / 9780586087497 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
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October 1976 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: O'Brien Flann : Third Policeman (Plume)
Author(s): Flann O'Brien
ISBN: 0452259126 / 9780452259126 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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November 1983 : UK Paperback
Title: The Third Policeman
Author(s): Flann O'Brien
ISBN: 0246122749 / 9780246122742 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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January 1976 : USA Paperback
Title: The Third Policeman
Author(s): Flann O'Brien
ISBN: 0452256364 / 9780452256361 (USA edition)
Publisher: Plume Press
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October 1976 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: The Third Policeman
Author(s): Flann O'Brien
ISBN: 0452253500 / 9780452253506 (USA edition)
Publisher: Plume
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1976 : USA Paperback
Title: the third Policeman
Author(s): Flann O'brien
ISBN: 0452251346 / 9780452251342 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nal
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October 1974 : UK Paperback
Title: The Third Policeman (Picador Books)
Author(s): Flann O'Brien
ISBN: 0330241583 / 9780330241588 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan
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Audio Editions

June 2009 : Audio CD
Title: The Third Policeman (Modern Classics (Naxos Audiobooks))
Author(s): Flann O'Brien
ISBN: 9626349646 / 9789626349649
Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
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February 2007 : Audio CD
Title: The Third Policeman: Unabridged (Naxos Complete Classics) (Modern Fiction)
Author(s): Flann O'Brien
ISBN: 9626344555 / 9789626344552
Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
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Kindle Editions

August 2010 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Third Policeman (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)
Author(s): Flann O'Brien

Publisher: Harper Perennial
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