He had decided to live forever or die in the attempt...
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.
10 million copies sold in 21 languages: Yossarian lives!
This is a special edition to celebrate 50 years of this unforgettable, exhilarating classic.
Set in Italy during World War II, this is the story of a bombardier named Yossarian, a hero who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. Joseph Heller's unforgettable novel is a hilarious and tragic satire on military madness, and the tale of one man’s efforts to survive it.
This fiftieth-anniversary edition celebrates Heller’s masterpiece with an introduction by Howard Jacobson, rare images from Heller’s personal archive and essays by the likes of Norman Mailer, Anthony Burgess and Christopher Hitchens.
Here, at last, is the definitive edition of a classic of world literature.
About the Author
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 first published in 1961. His second novel, Something Happened was published in 1974, Good As Gold in 1979 and Closing Time in 1994. He is also the author of the play We Bombed in New Haven.
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Comments about Catch 22:
This special Hardback edition of Catch 22 is an impressively bound and presented book that comes with some worthwhile supplementary material. It would be an ideal gift for booklovers who may already have read Catch 22. The extra essays and excerpts included add to understanding the text and also make us aware of how big an impact this book made both when it was released and in its many reprints for years afterwards.
The story itself starts off with disjointed, absurd glimpses of life in a flying squadron during World War Two and this made me feel I was reading a work by Spike Milligan. The second half of the book though goes darker and starts to ruminate on the horror of war and I began to feel the humanity of the novel at last. The author uses a real admixture of approaches in his writing which somehow makes the book really affecting and poignant in the end. Just how this is achieved isn't really obvious and is probably one of the reasons for the book's attraction and success.
Overall a good value for money purchase.
Comments about Catch 22:
Being associated with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).
I can see, the reactionary elements involved being given comical reference & combining humour with stark, reality. Is, a prime way of making such a problem knowledgable.
The only problem being, of course, was. That PTSD, was an unknown quantity at the time.
Perhaps, a psychological problem that was, just in the, Primary Stages of Acknowledgement. Is, a better way of putting it.
"The greatest satirical work in the English language" Observer "Blessedly, monstrously, bloatedly, cynically funny and fantastically unique. No one has ever written a book like this" Financial Times "My all-time favourite war-novel" -- Andy McNab Spectator "Catch-22 gave us a right to laugh at the macabre. Laughter is a soldier's response to a lot of absurdity and the terror of it all. The military machine does the strangest things that make no sense to the rest of us." Tim O'Brien "Catch-22 is the only war novel I've ever read that makes any sense" -- Harper Lee, 1961
Number Of Pages: 624
Published: 6th October 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 13.8 x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.72
Edition Number: 50