Flann O'Brien: Godfather of the post-modernist movement
To say Flann O'Brien's literary career took a while to get going is an understatement to say the least. When his debut novel At Swim-Two-Birds initially appeared in 1939 it sold just 247 copies. Then in September 2005, a character in the American TV series, Lost, appeared clutching a copy of his second novel, The Third Policeman. Within two days, the book sold 10,000 copies.