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Catch-22 [typed extract SIGNED] by  Joseph (1923-1999) HELLER - Signed - from Adrian Harrington Rare Books (SKU: 54088)

Catch-22 [typed extract SIGNED]

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Catch-22 [typed extract SIGNED]

by HELLER, Joseph (1923-1999)

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no place, no date. [Modern literature] Typescript beginning "It was love at first sight", taken from the opening chapter 'The Texan' of the classic war satire 'Catch-22' by Joseph Heller. Comprises 15 lines of text below general title, author's name and chapter heading. Signed at foot in black ink by Joseph Heller. A4 size, ideal for framing. Fine condition without folds. Although primarily classified as an anti-war novel, Catch-22 is also a critique of bureaucracy in general. The title has since entered the English language, representing a cyclical conundrum or a 'no win' situation.

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Catch-22 is Joseph Heller’s first novel and his most acclaimed work. Set during World War II, the novel uses a distinctive non-chronological third-person omniscient narration, mainly focusing on the life of Captain John Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forces B-25 bombardier. Occasionally, the narrator also shows us how other characters, such as the chaplain or Hungry Joe, experience the world around them. As the novel’s events are described from the different points of view through separate out-of-sequence storylines, the timeline of Catch-22 develops along with the plot. The novel's title refers to a plot device that is repeatedly invoked in the story. Catch-22 starts as a set of paradoxical requirements whereby airmen mentally unfit to fly did not have to, but could not actually be excused. By the end of the novel, the phrase is invoked as the explanation for many unreasonable restrictions. “Catch-22” has since entered the English language and can be understood as an unsolvable logic puzzle, a difficult situation from which there is no escape. Upon publication, the book was not a best seller in the United States. It was merely a cult favorite until the publication of the paperback edition in 1962, which set record sales — most likely benefitting from a national debate about the pointlessness of the Vietnam War. Catch-22 has since been ranked as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century by the Modern Library, one of the 20th century's top 100 novels by the Radcliffe Publishing Course, and one of the 100 greatest novels of all time by The Observer. 

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Catch-22 [typed extract SIGNED]
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HELLER, Joseph (1923-1999)
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