Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
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Catch-22
By Joseph Heller

Catch-22

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Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Book Awards

  • Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 21 2003.
  • Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.
  • Shortlisted for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.

Book Description

With an introduction by Howard Jacobson. Explosive, subversive, wild and funny, 50 years on the novel's strength is undiminished. Reading Joseph Heller's classic satire is nothing less than a rite of passage. Set in the closing months of World War II in an American bomber squadron off the coast of Italy, Catch-22 is the story of a bombardier named Yossarian who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he has never even met keep trying to kill him. Joseph Heller's bestselling novel is a hilarious and tragic satire on military madness, and the tale of one man's efforts to survive it.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099477310
ISBN-10: 0099477319
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 33mm)
Pages: 528
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 6-Oct-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author Joseph Heller

Closing Time by Joseph Heller Closing Time, Paperback (June 2016)

A darkly comic and ambitious sequel to the American classic Catch-22.

Catch as Catch Can by Joseph Heller Catch as Catch Can, Paperback (June 2016)

The previously uncollected writings of Joseph Heller, including hitherto unpublished stories, lost chapters from Catch-22 and further tales about the unforgettable Yossarian

Stern Gang by Joseph Heller Stern Gang, Paperback (December 2015)

This study of "The Stern Gang" attempts to demythologize the image of this extremist, Zionist underground group. The book analyzes the party's split from the Irgun Zvai Leumi (National Military Organization) and its attempts to synthesize the politics and ideals of the right and left.

British Policy Towards the Ottoman Empire 1908-1914 by Joseph Heller British Policy Towards the Ottoman Empire 1908-1914, Paperback (August 2015)

First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Reviews

UK Kirkus Review » Catch-22 has been canonized since its first modest print run of 30,000 copies. It spoke to the Vietnam generation in 1961 with its savage, masculine humour and heartfelt indictment of the grotesque lunacy of warfare. The eponymous Catch-22 states that a man can be exempted from bombing missions if he is mad, but that the desire to be exempted is proof that he is sane. (It would have crept into the English language as Catch-18 but for Leon Uris's novel Mila 18 - Heller wanted to avoid possible mix-ups.) The cavortings of Captain Yossarian with officers, men and Roman prostitutes on the island of Pianosa drive the plot as he desperately tries to reason his way out of imminent death. (Kirkus UK)


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Author Biography - Joseph Heller

Joseph Heller was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1923. In 1961, he published Catch-22, which became a bestseller and, in 1970, a film. He went on to write such novels as Something Happened, God Knows, Picture This, Closing Time (the sequel to Catch-22), and Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man. Heller died in December 1999.

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