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Joseph Heller

Biography: Joseph Heller


“When I read something saying I’ve not done anything as good as Catch-22, I’m tempted to reply, ‘Who has?’”

Joseph Heller is one of the iconic American satirists and novelists of the twentieth century. He is perhaps best known for his first novel Catch-22, which spawned the popular expression “catch 22”, referring to a no-win situation.

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Book review: <i>Catch-22</i> by Joseph Heller



If this was adapted as a sitcom after its first printing in 1961, it would have become Hogan’s Heroes. Does all mainstream satire eventually become a joke about itself? Discuss.

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Book review: <i>Something Happened</i> by Joseph Heller



I purchased Something Happened hoping that some of Heller’s Catch 22 glory—cult classic, literary masterpiece, all round stab at war and man and the big stuff—might have rubbed off. It sure did, but in a different way—Something Happened is a desperate, suffocating, sad stab at the middle-class American man—in an internal monologue that is awful and perfect and... nothing I say about it can do it justice. American Beauty eat your heart out! You can only dream about being this real.

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