Joseph Heller

Joseph Heller was an American author and playwright, best known for his satirical novel 'Catch-22', a critical antiwar novel about World War II. The term 'Catch-22' has since entered the English language, signifying a no-win situation or a double bind. Heller's works often focus on the absurdities of life and the bureaucracies of the military and corporate America.


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  1. 1. Catch-22

    The book is a satirical critique of military bureaucracy and the illogical nature of war, set during World War II. The story follows a U.S. Army Air Forces B-25 bombardier stationed in Italy, who is trying to maintain his sanity while fulfilling his service requirements so that he can go home. The novel explores the absurdity of war and military life through the experiences of the protagonist, who discovers that a bureaucratic rule, the "Catch-22", makes it impossible for him to escape his dangerous situation. The more he tries to avoid his military assignments, the deeper he gets sucked into the irrational world of military rule.