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50th anniversary of Catch 22's publication. Yossarian lives!

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. 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. Joseph Heller's bestselling novel is a hilarious and tragic satire on military madness, and the tale of one man's efforts to survive it.


To my mind, there have been two great American novels in the past fifty years. Catch-22 is one.

Stephen King

Catch-22 is the only war novel I've ever read that makes any sense

Harper Lee

The greatest satirical work in the English language


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

Financial Times

Written with brilliance. Echoes with mad laughter


An astonishing range of imagination... exciting

Graham Greene

Catch-22 is the greatest satirical work in English since Erewhon...remarkable... This is a book that I could wish everyone to read. It is a book which should help us feel more clearly

Philip Toynbee, Observer

My all-time favourite war-novel

Andy McNab

A wondrous book with many layers. When I first read it at 14 the story of war and passion really inspired me. It was like reading something in neon: everything came alive. As a teenager you start to feel the world is against you and I identified strongly with Yossarian and his dilemma. One of the funniest things I've ever read.

Nathaniel Parker, Daily Express

It is the Rock and Roll of novels

Norman Mailer

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  • Paperback


    August 1, 2011

    Vintage Classics

    544 pages

    RRP $14.99

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