At Swim-Two-Birds

At Swim-Two-Birds is a 1939 novel by Irish writer Brian O’Nolan, writing under the pseudonym Flann O’Brien. It is widely considered to be O’Brien’s masterpiece, and one of the most sophisticated examples of metafiction.
The novel’s title derives from Snm d n (Middle Irish: “The narrow water of the two birds”; Modern Irish: Snmh D an), an ancient ford on the River Shannon, between Clonmacnoise and Shannonbridge, reportedly visited by the legendary King Sweeney, a character in the novel.The novel was included in Time magazine’s list of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005. It was also included in a list, published by The Guardian, of the 100 best English-language novels of all time.


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by Flann O'Brien