Stories and Plays

by Flann O’Brien.Viking, $8.95. Brian O’Nolan, alias Flann O’Brien, alias Myles na Gopaleen, died in Dublin ten years ago. It is a pity he could not have had a life to each of his names, for he was a wicked, zany, canny humorist, and quite unlike anyone else. This collection of his work includes an unfinished comic novel, a play that makes irreverent hay of Irish local politics, some mischievous sketches, and a casual assault on James Joyce.