The Third Policeman.London: MacGibbon & Kee, 1967 Stock Code: 137399
First edition, first impression, of this grimly comic "posthumous fantasy"; the protagonist of which is a murderer who, unknowingly, has himself been murdered, and finds himself in a warped alternate Ireland.
The surreal landscape, imbued with a sense of the literary weird, is signalled in the work by what Jorge Luis Borges called "games with time and infinity" (Clute & Grant). O'Brien, "one of the finest of modern Irish fantasists", wrote the tale between 1939 and 1940, however he unable to find a willing publisher at the time and withdrew the manuscript from circulation, the work was consequently published posthumously (ibid.).
Octavo. Original brown boards, titles to spine in gilt. With the pictorial dust jacket.
A fine, unmarked copy in the fine, not price-clipped jacket.
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