19.8.11

Flann O'Brien Centenary Appraisal

Does O'Brien belong alongside Joyce and Beckett?
Keith Hopper of the New Statesman reviews Flann O'Brien's debut, At Swim-Two-Birds, and suggests that a critical reevaluation of the writer is long overdue: 'For a growing number of readers, Flann O'Brien is the third in the trinity of modern Irish novelists: alongside James Joyce the Father and Samuel Beckett the Son, he is the Holy Ghost in the machine. When he began writing, the term "postmodernism" had yet to be coined, but O'Brien was a postmodernist at a time when it was - as he put it - "neither profitable nor popular".' [Read More]