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  • Published: 8 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446424049
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 544
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Catch-22




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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.

  • Published: 8 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446424049
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 544
Categories:

About the author

Joseph Heller

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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Praise for Catch-22

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

Blessedly, monstrously, bloatedly, cynically funny and fantastically unique. No one has ever written a book like this

Financial Times

The greatest satirical work in the English language

Philip Toynbee, Observer

My all-time favourite war-novel

Andy McNab, Spectator

The first real adult book I ever read, aged 13. It taught me 1) even grown-up books can be funny, 2) I never want to enlist in the armed forces

Lionel Shriver, Marie Claire

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

Blessedly, monstrously, bloatedly, cynically funny and fantastically unique. No one has ever written a book like this

Financial Times

The greatest satirical work in the English language

Philip Toynbee, Observer

My all-time favourite war-novel

Andy McNab, Spectator

The first real adult book I ever read, aged 13. It taught me 1) even grown-up books can be funny, 2) I never want to enlist in the armed forces

Lionel Shriver, Marie Claire

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