The Third PolicemanFlann O'Brien
Note! The Third Policeman was written between 1939 and 1940, but it was published in 1967.
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.
Flann O'Brien is a pseudonym of Brian O'Nolan (Brian Ó Nualláin in Irish).
Brian O'Nolan (1911–1966) was an Irish novelist and satirist, best known for his novels At Swim-Two-Birds and The Third Policeman, written under the nom de plume Flann O'Brien. He also wrote the novel An Béal Bocht as well as many satirical columns in the Irish Times under the name Myles na gCopaleen. He was born in Strabane, County Tyrone.
Brian O'Nolan. Wikipedia.