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Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

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It is a rare book in that it has the ability to make you laugh out loud and be deeply moved within a few pages. — Adam Staten ― British Journal of General Practice

Wildly original, brutally gruesome, a dazzling performance that will outrage as many readers as it delights. Vulgarly, bitterly funny, it will not be forgotten by those who can take it ― New York Times

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Fifty years after its original publication, Catch-22 remains a cornerstone of American literature and one of the funniest—and most celebrated—books of all time. In recent years it has been named to “best novels” lists by Time, Newsweek, the Modern Library, and the London Observer.

Set in Italy during World War II, this is the story of the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy—it is his own army, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to excuse himself from the perilous missions he’s assigned, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule: a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes a formal request to be removed from duty, he is proven sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved.

This fiftieth-anniversary edition commemorates Joseph Heller’s masterpiece with a new introduction by Christopher Buckley; a wealth of critical essays and reviews by Norman Mailer, Alfred Kazin, Anthony Burgess, and others; rare papers and photos from Joseph Heller’s personal archive; and much more. Here, at last, is the definitive edition of a classic of world literature.

About the Author

Born on May 1st, 1923, in Coney Island Brooklyn, Joseph Heller is a short story writer, playwright and satirical novelist. He graduated from the Abraham Lincoln High School in 1941 and then worked as a blacksmith’s apprentice, filing clerk and messenger boy. By next year, he enrolled in the U. S. Army Air Corps. On his return, he studied English at NYU and the University of Southern California. Heller obtained his M.A. in English from Columbia University in 1949. He also taught dramatic writing and fiction at Yale and over the years has written several books and novels.