The Short Fiction of Flann O’Brien

The Short Fiction of Flann O’Brien
(Dalkey Archive Press, June 2013)

Edited by Neil Murphy and Keith Hopper,
with translations from the Irish by Jack Fennell

This collection gathers together an expansive selection of Flann O’Brien’s shorter fiction in a single volume. Including work originally published under several of the author’s pseudonyms (Flann O’Brien, Myles na gCopaleen, Brother Barnabas, Lir O’Connor) and under the English and Irish versions of his own name (Brian O’Nolan, Brian Nolan and Brian Ó Nualláin), it features an inclusive selection of his most important short stories, as well as the text of his last unfinished novel, Slattery’s Sago Saga. Also included are new translations of several stories originally published in Irish, and some other rare pieces, now gathered in book form for the first time.


Prof Neil Murphy teaches at NTU, Singapore. He is the author of Irish Fiction and Postmodern Doubt (2004) and editor of Aidan Higgins: The Fragility of Form (2009). He co-edited (with Keith Hopper) the special Flann O’Brien centenary issue of the Review of Contemporary Fiction (2011), and has published articles and book chapters on contemporary fiction, Irish writing, and theories of reading.

Dr Keith Hopper teaches Literature and Film Studies at Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education, and is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Irish Studies at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham. He is the author of Flann O’Brien: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Post-modernist (revised edition 2009); general editor of the twelve-volume Ireland into Film series (2001–7); and co-editor (with Neil Murphy and Ondřej Pilný) of a special “Neglected Irish Fiction” issue of Litteraria Pragensia (2012). He is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement.

Dr Jack Fennell is a researcher at the University of Limerick. His research interests are Irish literature, science fiction and cultural studies. He has published essays on Irish dystopian literature, the aesthetics of comic-book justice, and the politics of monsters and monstrous communities, as well as contributing informal articles to The James Joyce Literary Supplement and the Flann O’Brien e-journal, The Parish Review. His doctoral thesis is on the subject of Irish science fiction, from the 1850s to the present day.