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Irish actor Brendan Gleeson has secured funding for a screen adaptation of Flann O'Brien's novel At Swim-Two-Birds, according to the BBC. Novelist Graham Greene hailed O'Brien's (right) fantastical 1939 novel upon its publication, noting it provided "the kind of [comical] glee one experiences when people smash china on the stage." And Dylan Thomas called At Swim-Two-Birds "just the book to give your sister if she's a loud, dirty, boozy girl." (What further recommendation could one need?) Indeed, bringing At Swim-Two-Birds to the screen is a ballsy move, much in the vein of adapting such "un-filmable" books as William S. Burroughs's Naked Lunch (1991) and Laurence Sterne's The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman(2005).