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Catch-22 Synopsis

At the heart of Joseph Heller's bestselling novel, first published in 1961, is a satirical indictment of military madness and stupidity, and the desire of the ordinary man to survive it. It is the tale of the dangerously sane Captain Yossarian, who spends his time in Italy plotting to survive.

Catch-22 Press Reviews

* 'Blessedly, monstrously, bloatedly, cynically funny, and fantastically unique. No one has ever written a book like this' - Financial Times * 'An apocalyptic masterpiece' - Chicago Times * 'Not only the best novel to come out of the war but the best novel to come out of anywhere in years' - The Nation

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099496960
Publication date: 1st September 2005
Author: Joseph Heller, Howard Jacobson
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 560 pages
Categories: Classic fiction (pre c 1945),

About Joseph Heller, Howard Jacobson

Joseph Heller was born in 1923 in Brooklyn, New York. He served as a bombardier in the Second World War and then attended New York University and Columbia University and then Oxford, the last on a Fullbright scholarship. He then taught for two years at Pennsylvania State University, before returning to New York, where he began a successful career in the advertising departments of Time, Look and McCall's magazines. It was during this time that he had the idea for Catch-22. Working on the novel in spare moments and evenings at home, it took him eight years to complete and was ...

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