“The Short Fiction of Flann O’Brien” is funny, witty and absurd — the perfect back-to-school read. With bite-sized short stories sometimes only three pages long, it can be read on the bus, before class or during lonely meals.
Published on Aug. 15, the compilation consists O’Brien’s unpublished English works, works translated from his native Irish and an unfinished novel that is now being published posthumously. O’Brien is the lesser-known leg in the famous Trinity of Irish writers that also contains James Joyce and Samuel Beckett. His newly published collection of short stories is emblematic of the writing style that earned him the prestigious title.