The greater the state, the more wrong and cruel its patriotism, and the greater is the sum of suffering upon which its power is founded.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Flann O'Brien - Satirising the Irish Condition

He has been called Ireland’s patron saint of brilliant failures, the lost literary genius whose early talent was thwarted by rejection. But if Flann O’Brien ended up in a twilight world of darkened pubs and unrealised promise, it was largely his own choice. Even before he became known to the world by his pen names of O’Brien and Myles na gCopaleen, the man born Brian O’Nolan — who died 40 years ago this weekend and is the subject of a new RTE film — had already been something of a cult hero, only to throw it away.,,2101-2110672,00.html


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